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Old 01-22-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Want to mount different USB's as /dev/sda1

I consider myself fairly proficient at Slackware Linux, but for the life of me I cannot find out how to mount different USB drives as /dev/sda1.

The problem is that I have a script that makes a backup of Windows boxes, and dumps the files from the windows boxes in a mounted USB HD. The drives are rotated daily. Once the first drive is unmounted, and the second one plugged in, it is recognized as /dev/sdb. How in the heck can I get the second drive to be recognized as /dev/sda without rebooting the server???

My script looks like this:

#! /bin/bash
mount -t smbfs //<servername>/<servershare> /server1 -o username=administrator,password=*****
mount -t smbfs //<servername2>/<servershare> /server2 -o username=administrator,password=*****
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
cp /server1 /mnt/usb -R
cp /server2 /mnt/usb -R
umount /mnt/usb
umount /server1
umount /server2

I guess I could execute mounts of both /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 on the same directory, let the non-existant device fail, and the valid device mount, but that seems cheezy.

Any help is appreciated...


Last edited by bobmac010; 01-22-2008 at 10:56 AM.
Old 01-22-2008, 12:15 PM   #2
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Why don't you just use udev?
Old 01-22-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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Duh... Thanks!
I just had a senior moment...

Thanks for your help!



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