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Xvmount wont see usb stick -SUCCESS

Postby gerry » 2009-11-29 18:40

EDIT: Uninstalled xvmount, and learnt to use the command line. For an interesting twist, read end message.
EDIT: Having got command line sorted, was able to edit fstab correctly.

How do I get XVmount to see a usb stick? It only sees the floppy and cdrom devices.

System is minimal install Lenny- no desktop environment.

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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby Pick2 » 2009-11-29 19:34

Plug in your USB stick , and after a minute , type:
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dmesg | grep -i "SCSI"

( or dmesg | tail might work also )
you should then see something like this:
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SCSI device sda: 64512 512-byte hdwr sectors (33 MB)
SCSI device sda: 64512 512-byte hdwr sectors (33 MB)

Then you need a place to mount the drive , I just mount mine at home:
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mkdir ~/Flash

Then mount it something like this: ( might need to change the path )
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mount -t vfat -o uid=pluto,gid=users /dev/sda1 /home/pluto/Flash

and then to unmount it:
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umount /home/pluto/Flash


As always ,the man(ual) page might help , or post back
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man mount
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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby gerry » 2009-11-29 20:08

Thanks, Pick2, but I'd already found a number of variations on that. What I asked was "How do I get Xvmount to see a usb stick". It only sees cdrom and floppy drives, not usb sticks, though documentation suggests that it should.

(Xvmount is an app that opens a gui with a button for each drive that it has detected, so you just click on the appropriate button to mount the device. It won't work with a usb stick.)

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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby gerry » 2009-11-29 20:16

OK- looks like I have to learn how to edit /etc/fstab, because Xvmount gets it's list of drives from there. Pity, really- I expected something a bit more automatic.

ah well.... back to the manuals.

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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby bugsbunny » 2009-11-29 20:24

The description for xvmount seems to imply that the device needs to be defined in fstab. Also note that xvmount is currently orphaned, and there's a chance it may be dropped in the future (especially since it has no 64 bit support).

You may be better off using pmount. There is apparently a graphical front end for pmount (mount-gtk), although it's not currently in Debian. There has, however, been an ITP (intent to package) filed for it.
http://mount-gtk.sourceforge.net/
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=547475
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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby Pick2 » 2009-11-30 01:56

gerry wrote:... System is minimal install Lenny- no desktop environment.
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I was a little confused because of "no desktop environment" and my google of xvmount said: "Small graphical utility"
I don't use xvmount ... or a desktop environment much either 8)
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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby gerry » 2009-11-30 08:08

Thanks Pick2- I did need what you posted, to find out what the usb stick device name is, so that I can set up fstab for xvmount to use. Not with any success yet..... but I'll get there.

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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick

Postby gerry » 2009-12-01 16:54

I uninstalled xvmount- and got to grips doing it at the command line. Big problem was finding out what the device name is. How I did it was: open file manager (I use ROX) and then open /dev/. Plug in the usb stick, and refresh the file manager display. There should be one (or two) new items- in my case sda and sda1. Having created a mount point (I used /home/gerry/usb) I then had all I needed to type: mount -t vfat /dev/sda /home/gerry/usb

which didn't work, so I tried sda1, which did. Hurrah!!

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Re: Xvmount wont see usb stick -Used command line

Postby gerry » 2009-12-02 08:19

Having got all my ducks in a row, I was now able to edit fstab correctly. I reinstalled xvmount, and it works.

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