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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.
/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.
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...)