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Old 02-28-2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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where does KDE mount my USB drives?

Hello all,

I like the fact that KDE (context: kubuntu 2.6.12-10-386, KDE 3.4.3) is clever enough to automatically detect and mount hardware, but so far I haven't been able to fully take advantage of the feature because I can't figure out where KDE's automatic mount points are. So far, I've read references to a never never land called "media:/" that seems to hold no meaning at the command line. /media/usb also doesn't get me anywhere. I need to refer to the data on my usb drive from within other programs, so I need a tangible path. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

In the meantime I'm manually mounting things to /mnt/usbDriveX/ whenever I plug them in, because the juggled devices are invariably assigned a different /dev/sd?1 every time I plug them in, and my fstab can't keep up.

Thanks for any and all help!
Old 03-01-2006, 04:51 AM   #2
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/media/ should be the mountpoint for your devices under kde's automounter. plug something in and check that folder. on my system, the usb disk is called /media/usbdisk

the media:/ is a protocol handler for kde, it will never work on the command line.

something to check though, im using kde 3.5 and it doesnt seem to actually mount anything unless i access it, i cant recall if this behaviour exists in 3.4.3 too. either way, look in /media, thats where kde keeps such things. if all else fails, check the output of mount, it will list all mountpoints, and tell you exactly where everything is mounted.

im off for coffee, i need to wake up.
Old 03-01-2006, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for answering.

My /media/ folder always has the following contents:

$ ll /media
total 8
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 2005-09-01 05:07 cdrom -> cdrom0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2005-09-01 05:07 cdrom0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 2005-09-01 05:07 usb -> usb0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2005-09-01 05:07 usb0
$ ll /media/usb
usb/ usb0/
$ ll /media/usb0/
total 0

and the directory usb0 is always empty, even when I'm accessing the mounted drives from the desktop. This doesn't seem to be the place.
Old 03-01-2006, 08:21 PM   #4
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I'm using kde 3.5 on pclinuxos. When I plug in a usb drive, it creates a folder /mnt/removable, even though Konqueror shows media:/sda (or sda1). /mnt/removable is the real mount point, though.

Check and see if kubuntu does anything similar.
Old 03-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #5
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Nope... unfortunately no new folders are created in /mnt/ or /media/ (or anywhere else as far as I can tell. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
Old 09-15-2006, 06:49 PM   #6
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by the way

I got around this by setting up udev so that a sensible alias always forms in /dev/ when a device is plugged in. This way, and entry in my fstab can always find the right device and mount it on the right /mnt/folder.

I've since set up systems for other people who navigate entirely graphically. The KDE hotplug works flawlessly to make their devices popup on the desktop and in a media:/ folder that konqueror uses.

(Just in case anyone ever reads this thread again...)


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