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Old 07-13-2006, 02:22 PM   #1
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usbdrive mp3 player on rh9

searching for someone who uses a portable usbdrive mp3 player on rh9. i have been able to mount (and sometimes unmount) /dev/sda1. i am not able to copy a mp3 file to /mnt/usbdrive. tried in gnome and terminal.
Old 07-14-2006, 07:37 AM   #2
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Most probably, when you mount the drive, it gets mounted as root so your normal user privileges are insufficient. If you have added an fstab entry for your drive, you can set an option "umask=022" to give all users permission to access the drive (write there).

But what is the error you encounter? Do you get some kind of error message? If you haven't added an fstab entry yet, I suggest you do so: become root and edit your /etc/fstab file, and add the following line there (or edit the existing one):

/dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdrive vfat users,rw,umask=022 0 0

Then save and try

mount /mnt/usbdrive
after which try to copy mp3's onto the drive. Once done,

umount /mnt/usbdrive
then wait a bit so the data is written on the drive and you should be fine. But if it's not about permissions, please post here the error message you get when trying to copy mp3 files on the drive, so we can give more help
Old 07-14-2006, 01:34 PM   #3
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score one for b0uncer. vfat, not usbfs, was the answer, even though usbfs seemed so logical to me. copy/paste and i'm good. especially good, since i had a bout with ///burn to a cd the other night. as a retired hp mini computer system manager, i always gave more answer than requested. i knew the answer lay within, just not sure where. i must also confess that, given my background, i do root all the time. thanks again.


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