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Old 02-01-2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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How to detect programatically if a USB device is is plugged-in / plugged out?

Hi all,

How can I programatically detect if any USB drive (say thump drive) is plugged-in or plugged out at any time?
Also get details on the device plugged-in?
Can I use udev rules to achieve this?
The goal is to get access to the contents within the program.

Thanks for your help.
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I suppose you could use the "lsusb" command, which then references to the /dev/sd... device.

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I think you can do this with udev rules. See this link:
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Both method would work.
As you are using udev, you always know what will be the name of the device node in /dev.
Then this is ok (for shell scripts) :
[ -b /dev/sda ] && echo "sda present" || echo "sda not present"


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