Transition to Kubuntu

Ylan Segal ylan.segal at
Thu Jul 13 17:29:09 UTC 2006

Roger Haxton wrote:
> On Thursday 13 July 2006 07:48, Ylan Segal wrote:
>>2.- USB flash drive mounting.
>>When I connect my USB flash drive, both gnome and KDE mount it
>>automatically and show an icon on the desktop with the name of the
>>device (fat formatted). However, when gnome the drive was actually
>>mounted to /media/nameofdrive and in KDE it is mounted to /media/sdb1.
>>The reason I care is that I have some scripts that check for
>>/media/nameofdrive, and they now fail. Of course I could change them to
>>check for /media/sdb1 but then I have to be careful of first connecting
>>the USB flash drive, then the ipod, etc. Seems like half a solution to me.
>>[ I just thought about something: When I installed Kubuntu on top of my
>>Ubuntu, I also was prompted to install many security updates, among them
>>a new kernel Could this be the source of the new behavior
>>and not KDE?]
> This is actually a problem with the way things are mounted in KDE in Kubuntu.  
> There is a launchpad bug filed for it.  

Oh.. I see.

Follow up question (for a workaround):

What command can I use to obtain the name of a fat volume? makedosfs
lets you specify a volume name when creating a new file system, but I
can't find how to read the volume name of an existing file system.

I figure that my script can check all /media/sbdXX for the name I am
looking for and use the one that matches. Ugly workaround, but beats
having to change the sdb each time I run it!

Any other ideas are welcome,


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