"Safely remove" kills SD drive (Maverick, Gnome)

Thierry de Coulon tcoulon at decoulon.ch
Fri Oct 8 16:56:54 UTC 2010

On Friday 08 October 2010, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 08, 2010 at 05:42:17PM +0200, Thierry de Coulon wrote:
> > On Thursday 07 October 2010, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> > > Safely Remove approximately means "turn off power to the USB device".
> > > This is the right thing to do for USB drives (it turns off their LED,
> > > telling the user it's now safe to remove), but not a good thing for an
> > > integrated SD card reader.  Please file a bug about this.
> >
> > An Ubuntu bug, or a Gnome bug?
> Both, and then link the upstream Gnome bug to the Ubuntu bug.
> I'm assuming that what happens is that when you use Safely Remove, you
> can no longer use your SD card reader until you reboot.  Is that right?
> Does the SD drive icon disappear from the device list Nautilus shows
> when you go to computer:///?

Yes. There remains an "SD" icon in Places, but if I click on it it says: 
Unable to mount sd, mount: special device /dev/sdb1 does not exist.

Note that I have
/dev/sdb1   /media/sd  auto  noauto,users,exec,rw 0 0

in fstab and 

file:///media/sd  SDCard

in .gtk-bookmarks

Places then still shows a directory SDCard, that opens the empty /media/sd 
directory, and a drive icon "sd", that throws the error message if I click 
it. Things get working again only if I reboot. Just logging out and in does 
not cure it. However, if I only eject the SD card, things continue to work.

So I think you are absolutely right that "Safely remove" wrongly shuts down 
the integrated SD reader.

> Regards,
> Marius Gedminas



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