Can't setup usbmount on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LST

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Thu Aug 30 15:31:23 UTC 2012

On 30/08/12 19:31, Csányi Pál wrote:
> Hi,
> on my newly installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 LST system I removed unity because
> I prefer Window Maker.
> Now I must to setup some things, like automount USB sticks.
> I installed the usbmount package and setup it in
> /etc/usbmount/usbmount.conf file:
> MOUNTPOINTS="/media/usb0 /media/usb1 /media/usb2 /media/usb3
>               /media/usb4 /media/usb5 /media/usb6 /media/usb7"
> FILESYSTEMS="vfat ext2 ext3 ext4 hfsplus"
> MOUNTOPTIONS="sync,noexec,nodev,noatime,nodiratime,rw"
> FS_MOUNTOPTIONS="-fstype=vfat,gid=floppy,dmask=0007,fmask=0117"
> Now, when I plug the USB Stick I can't open it's directory:
> /media/usb0

In the first instance, the usb stick will be designated as dev/sddX[***] 
and not usb0.

Secondly, the usb stick has to be formatted and when you do this it will 
have a partition sdd1.

Assuming that you youself have not formatted it (for, say, ext4, it 
would be formatted at factory to vfat) so if you want to mount it you 
would, in a terminal, issue this command:

mount -t vfat /dev/sdd1 /media

and you should then be able to access it.

HOWEVER, I will bet my bottom dollar that you will only be able to 
access it if you were root because the usb is "owned" at the moment by 
root. So, if you want to access it as a user then, as root, issue these 
commands (in a terminal):

chown -R <youruserloginname>.group /dev/sdd1 [ENTER]

chmod -R u=rwx,g=rx,o= /dev/sdd1 [Enter]

and you will then be able to access it as a user.

Oh, there is no need to do anything about any entries in fstab for it 
because it will be mounted as soon as you plug it in.

[***] The allocation of the 'sd' depends on what other devices you have 
on your system. For example if you have 2 HDDs and a CDROM reader and 
DEV writer these will be 'named; sda, sdb, sdc, sdd so the USB stick 
will end up being sde - if you see what I mean.


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