Cannot remove flash memory

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Wed Nov 29 21:31:29 UTC 2006

On 29/11/06, Toby Dickenson <toby at> wrote:
> Which kde versions are you using? some recent hal/kde updates have caused
> problems for usb sticks:

I'm on KDE 3.5.5. Also, I've no problem mounting, only unmounting.

> First check if the device is still mounted, using the mount command:
> $ mount
> /dev/hda8 on / type reiserfs (rw)
> proc on /proc type proc (rw)
> <many lines deleted>
> /dev/sda1 on /media/STICK type vfat (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,noatime,
> uid=1001,utf8,shortname=lower)
> You should be able to unmount it with the pumount command. If this fails, it
> will often give a better error message that kde. For example in this case I
> still had konqueror window open:

Thank you, I will keep this in mind.

> After unmounting there is still no guarantee that all the data has been
> written. Particularly if you have a slow memory stick. Try the
> command 'sync'. This will only return when all outstanding data has been
> written.
> If anything seems to be going wrong then check /var/log/syslog for kernel
> error messages.

Will do. Thanks.

Dotan Cohen

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