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Old 10-21-2003, 09:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy Lexar Jump Drive help and followup

I run RH8.0 kernel with a Pentium II and 128 ram. I recently installed a VIA USB2.0 PCI card and upgraded all my hotplugging software. I have a lexar Jump drive and I have been able to mount it as root into a directory I created with the following command i got from some previous posts :

mkdir /mnt/jumpdrive
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/jumpdrive

But the problem is, I have to become root to mount and umount the device. Here are my specific questions:

1. Can I make my jump drive like a floppy in the way that I can mount it from X (gnome 2.2), without becoming root?

2. Can I mount it as root, exit-superuser-mode, and then just extract the drive when I'm done, then the next day put it back in there without umounting in between? will I loose information if I do this?

Thanks for all your help


Old 10-24-2003, 09:46 AM   #2
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Hi Camp,

If you want non-root users to be able to mount sda1 to /mnt/jumpdrive you have to make sure that the users have the correct write rights on the folder. So do:
#chmod 777 /mnt/jumpdrive
(as root)

I am not sure about your question on Gnome but I believe it is possible to create a simple link on your desktop linked to the folder.

Hope this helps you a bit
Old 10-24-2003, 12:29 PM   #3
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Well, after googling all over the place, I found that if you include this in the /etc/fstab/ file:

/dev/sda1 /mnt/jumpdrive auto noauto,user,rw 0 0

linux will allow me to mount and umount the jumpdrive from within X without becoming root. Now, what I want to know is this different from:

/dev/sda1 /mnt/jumpdrive auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0

and who is this guy kudzu anyway? ans why does he have control? Now really, I understand the fstab command I typed, but I dont undersatnd the kudzu one, what is it saying. Thanks

Old 10-24-2003, 12:42 PM   #4
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kudzu is the "plug and play" configuration application.

Check out man pages for mount, fstab for an explaination of all the different options


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