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Old 05-24-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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USB Pen Drive no automount in Suse 10.0

My Lexar Jumpdrive will not automount like it used to. I'm not sure exactly when it stopped working because I haven't been using the pen drive much lately, but I need to start using it again. FWIW, it is a dual boot machine and the pen drive still works fine in XP.

I can connect a Canon digital camera to the same port (the only port on my IBM TP A22m) and I get 2 windows pop up:

"USB Imaging Interface - KDE Daemon" with options to open in a new window, browse with gwenview, open in digikam, or do nothing. Its very reminiscent of XP, actually. If I select open in a new window, it mounts the camera to system:/media/camera and I can browse it with konqueror. It works perfectly.

"SUSE Hardware Detection" gives me the option to open the camera at the path camera://USB PTP Class Camera@[usb:001,004]/ .

Either way, the camera gets mounted and I can browse it just fine (or I can play with it in Digikam or whatever). It all works good.

So what gives with my pen drive?

I can mount it from the command line manually if I want, after I figure out whether it is currently sda or sdb (with only the 1 device in the 1 usb port?). Of course, then it is read-only to everyone but root. I don't want to be having to mount and umount it manually every time I use it, though. I like Suse because of its user-friendliness and excellent collection of GUI tools.

I have also tinkered with fstab a little bit, but that doesn't work well because it isn't always the same device, especially when I use a hub. I also never got read-write privileges for normal users that way.

The Yast runlevel editor reports that autofs does not start automatically (at any runlevel). If I try to enable it at runlevel 5 or start it manually I get the message:

/etc/init.d/autofs start returned 6 (program is not configured):
Starting service automounter ("files nis" does not provide any mounts)..skipped
USB Viewer reports:

Manufacturer: LEXAR MEDIA
Serial Number: 106A6607165815071104
Speed: 12Mb/s (full)
USB Version:  2.00
Device Class: 00(>ifc )
Device Subclass: 00
Device Protocol: 00
Maximum Default Endpoint Size: 64
Number of Configurations: 1
Vendor Id: 05dc
Product Id: a400
Revision Number: 30.00

Config Number: 1
	Number of Interfaces: 1
	Attributes: 80
	MaxPower Needed: 100mA

	Interface Number: 0
		Name: usb-storage
		Alternate Number: 0
		Class: 08(stor.) 
		Sub Class: 6
		Protocol: 50
		Number of Endpoints: 2

			Endpoint Address: 81
			Direction: in
			Attribute: 2
			Type: Bulk
			Max Packet Size: 64
			Interval: 0ms

			Endpoint Address: 02
			Direction: out
			Attribute: 2
			Type: Bulk
			Max Packet Size: 64
			Interval: 0ms
Like I said, it used to work perfectly. Any hints on how I can get it back?


Old 05-25-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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There could be various reasons why it doesn't work:

- autofs has nothing to do with this. Automouting is performed by subfs/submount in SUSE.
- check the config files of suseplugger and the KDE automounter (both in ~/.kde/share/config) if you may defined a default behavior for this device. Sorry, but I am not at Linux right now, so I can't provide the names.
- check 'dmesg' after you plugged the device in for error messages
- did you install any hal related updates recently? Maybe you need to revert the update or look for even newer ones.
- in case you don't get automount to work, you may mount through /etc/fstab. The varying device files are not easy to fix, but the read-only problem is easy: add the option umask=000 to /etc/fstab and get write permissions for the mountpoints (chmod/chown).

Here's another thread that dealt with this problem:

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