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Old 08-06-2005, 06:09 AM   #1
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Flash disk automount


I am using a Imation flash disk, I can use it with my linux pc, I made this entry in my /etc/ftab file:

/dev/sda1 /mnt/flash auto noauto,user 0 0

the problem is I need to make the stick automatic mounted whenever I plug it in...
everytime, I need to type those boring commands to make it mounted. (mount /mnt/flash)

Anyway, Is there any way solve it ?

Old 08-06-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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This probably isn't the answer you want to hear, but you need to get a new distribution. Hotplug/automount abilities in Linux have been refined a lot in the last few months/year. For example, when I used Mepis 3.3, it wouldn't hotplug and automount USB drives (external hard drive/flash drive), but when I upgraded to Mepis 3.3.1 (which came out only a couple of months ago), it did.

Ubuntu also does great automounting of external media.
But I think any up-to-date distro should do it.

What are you using--Red Hat 9.0? If you like Red Hat, I can't vouch for this, but I believe Fedora Core 4 would be the most up-to-date distro to use that's sort of like Red Hat.
Old 08-06-2005, 04:10 PM   #3
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If there is usb support, hotplug support, a recent kernel, and fstab is set up correctly, USB drives should auto-mount.
By definition, 'noauto' in fstab prevents a USB drive from auto-mounting. Remove it and it shold work.
Old 08-07-2005, 04:54 PM   #4
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I have tested "dbus-1" - "hald" - "gnome-volume-manager" - "2.6 -kernel" combination recently. Even though I've had some problems with it (media lockups) it seems to work adequately. I still don't trust it - although I don't yet trust any automounter daemons

With Gentoo or Mandrake you might be using "supermount". I've tried "autofs" and it works, but is (or was) rather clumsy. There is also something that's called "submount", but I have not tried that myself.

As what comes to /etc/fstab and the option "noauto"... it simply means that the filesystem is not mounted _at boot time_. It is completely unrelated to volume automounting.


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