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Old 10-23-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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Udev upgrade breaks automounting memory cards on Gentoo

About a week ago I updated my Gentoo system by doing a emerge -u system. After I worked out the small upgrade hiccups, I noticed that gnome-volume-manager wasn't mounting my memory cards like it used to. After doing some digging, I think a udev upgrade was the culprit. (It upgraded from 045 to 068). If I plug in a card, dbus-monitor doesn't pick up anything as it did before the upgrade. I did find some references to /etc/hotplug.d and /etc/dev.d in the new udev rules file:

# be backward compatible for a while with the /etc/dev.d and /etc/hotplug.d/ systems
# run /etc/hotplug.d/ stuff only if we came from a hotplug event, not for udevstart
ENV{UDEVD_EVENT}=="1", RUN+="/sbin/udev_run_hotplugd"

# always run /etc/dev.d/ stuff for now.
Apparently this is supposed to make sure that the hotplug stuff (like HAL and such) still works with newer udev versions, but it doesn't seem to be working for me. HAL doesn't even seem to even pick up the reader when it's plugged in. I figured those rules weren't doing their jobs, so I created this file:

I named this file 30-udev.rules, so that it would run before the default rules. With this rules file, dbus-monitor shows that hal picks up the memory card reader, so I think I'm getting close, but I'm not quite there yet. The problem is that it doesn't pick up the media like it used to. And gnome-volume-manager is configured to mount removable media. Has anyone ever seen something like this and fixed it?

Thanks in advance

EDIT: I fixed this by downgrading to udev 058. Still don't have a clue what's up with newer udev's though!

Last edited by FreeThinkerJim; 10-23-2005 at 11:27 PM.
Old 10-24-2005, 12:22 AM   #2
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I've ran into a few bugs like that and went back a version or two to get something to work. If you put it in your package.mask file it will upgrade when a new version comes out and it may work then. May be something specific to that version and will be fixed later. I had to do that with Mozilla a while back. I assume you checked on the Gentoo forums to see if anyone else had a problem.

Also, be carefull when you do that etc-update, it can mess you up. I had my update last night to mess up my rsync server. I told it to change and it did. I should have looked more closely at what it wanted to change.

Glad you got it sorted.

Old 05-27-2006, 10:41 AM   #3
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I am having similar troubles with gnome volume manager. It won't mount anything automatically and I don't know why. It will update the "my computer" section in nautilus to display the new devices though, but when I double click on one to mount it, it gets mounted read-only. The usb drive in question is a sandisk cruzer micro 128 MB. It has two partitions on it: /dev/sda1 is vfat and /dev/sda2 is ext2. My user is in both the usb and plugdev groups, and the volume manager has been configured to automount removable media. Do you have any idea what's going on here or where I should look next to fix this problem?


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