USB key and Fedora 4

By AtK SpAdE
Mar 3, 2006
  1. Ok so im trying to get my Lexar 512 Mb usb key to work with linux.

    I have used my root account to mount up this

    mount -t auto /dev/sda1 /mnt

    and it seems to be ok.

    then i type /dev/sda1 into nautilus. and i get, nautilus has no viewer capable of veiwing /dev/sda1

    im a general noobie at linux, so what am i overlooking
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You need to browse the /mnt directory where you just mounted the device, not the actual device itself.
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,495

    Thanks alot

    as i said im a bit new to the linux scene, and so far i have been impressed.

    My last question. Do you have any idea (or is it even possible) to make the device mount itself at every boot?
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    It's much easier to use udev when dealing with devices like USB sticks. udev manages devices in /dev automatically and you don't need to worry about correct symlinks if you happen to plug the stick to another USB port, for example.

    Writing udev rules

    This is what I use for my Kingston USB stick:

    BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="sd*", SYSFS{product}=="DT Elite HS 2.0", NAME="%k", SYMLINK="stick%n"
    The line in /etc/fstab:
    /dev/stick1     /stick          vfat    user,noexec,noauto      0 0
    Then I can create a device on the KDE desktop pointing to /dev/stick1. Plug in the stick, doubleclick the icon on desktop, ready. When I want to remove it, I just right-click the icon and select unmount.

    But to answer your question: to make devices mount automatically on boot, use "auto" option in /etc/fstab (where I used noauto).

    You can see more information from man-pages, by typing man fstab in terminal.
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