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Old 01-23-2004, 08:43 AM   #1
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Fedora thumbdrive weirdness

I have been successful in mounting my USB thumbdrive to my Fedora system, but after unmounting the drive, I find that I have to reboot before I can mount a different thumbdrive. If I do not, I get an error message stating that there is an "_______" block (sorry, can not duplicate at the moment, and do not remember.)

I am mounting the drive manually using:
mount -t vfat (or msdos, depending on the drive) /dev/sda1 /mnt/jumpdrive

I checked fstab, but there was no entry regarding my thumbdrive, and I do not know where the information is cached.

Where should I look for the cached drive information, and how would I flush it?

Thanks! (Used UNIX years ago, but rusty)
Old 01-24-2004, 03:34 PM   #2
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"Where should I look for the cached drive information, and how would I flush it?"

This could possibly be a problem with automount. I do not know whether automount would try to manage the mount status of an USB thumbdrive or not. If it does then this could be a typical problem with automount where you get into disagreements with automount over your drive's mount status.

If you have automount installed then it can be disabled for individual devices in /etc/fstab. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the fstab entry for disabling automount on an USB thumbdrive looks like.

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