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    devices fail to automount after upgrade: Solution

    Some users report that flash memory devices fail to automount after the upgrade (not fresh installation) to 8.04 Hardy Heron

    The issue relates to this bug in Gutsy: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...nt/+bug/151025


    Here is a solution:
    Oeen the program configuration editor ALT+F2 and typing the command
    gconf-editor

    (as daengbo remarks below, it is not in the menu by default
    Applications > System Tools > Configuration Editor might not exist)


    In the gconf-editor window, go to the key
    system > storage > default_options > vfat
    Edit the
    Code:
    mount_options
    key (double click it) and remove the
    Code:
    usefree
    option.

    You may need to reboot.
    The devices should then automount when plugged in: i.e. the icon will appear on the desktop.

    I emailed one of the developers involved, Martin Pitt.
    That's indeed the right solution. 'usefree' is deprecated in Hardy (it
    was only a temporary hack in Gutsy), and thus the gnome-mount
    option 'usefree' has been removed in Hardy again.

    You need it in Gutsy to avoid minute-long hangs when mounting a VFAT
    drive. In Hardy this was fixed properly in the kernel.
    If this key does not exist then clearly this solution does not apply to your problem.
    Please add a post if it worked.
    Last edited by Bloch; April 29th, 2008 at 04:21 PM. Reason: daengbo's remark

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    Re: devices fail to automount after upgrade: Solution

    Umm, the GConf Editor is not in the menu by default (for me, at least, and I'm an upgrader), so people will either need to add it to the menu using System > Preferences > Main Menu, use ALT-F2 to bring up a command prompt or start a terminal.

    ALT-F2 and the terminal require this command:
    gconf-editor

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    Re: devices fail to automount after upgrade: Solution

    Quote Originally Posted by Bloch View Post

    If this key does not exist then clearly this solution does not apply to your problem.
    Please add a post if it worked.
    yea i don't see the key in there, so no solution for me. do you have any idea why else might external hard drives not mount? i started the following thread to get help, please check it out.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=784970

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    Re: devices fail to automount after upgrade: Solution

    Yep, this solved it after a reboot.

    Thanks!

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    Re: devices fail to automount after upgrade: Solution

    Like Lector255 I don't have that in my gconf-editor either. As weird as that may sound....
    The contents of my vfat key is:
    shortname=mixed
    uid=
    utf8
    umask=077
    exec
    flush

    There is no usefree entry!

    Any suggestions?

    Since no one has responded to this I thought I'd add some more info:

    dmesg | tail gives this after having plugged in my Kodak digicam:
    usb 3-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 4
    usb 3-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

    lsusb gives this:
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 003 Device 004: ID 040a:057b Kodak Co. CX7430
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0b97:7762 O2 Micro, Inc. Oz776 SmartCard Reader
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0b97:7761 O2 Micro, Inc.
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 413c:a005 Dell Computer Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

    Have tried to replace 'flush' with 'usefree' in the gconf-editor and reboot and even change it back with no difference.

    From all the threads I have read I might be a 'legacy' problem from upgrading from Gutsy (I have just upgraded every time since Dapper!).
    Is the solution to make a clean install or is there in fact a workaround?

    Fixed!

    Just upgraded to kernel 2.6.24.18 and now everything works again.
    Don't think I have ever been more puzzled.
    The upgrade to Hardy however killed the app (can't remember the name) that handled my digikam import by default.
    After installing F-spot I got the import worked out even though it only copies and doesn't delete from the digicam. A little cumbersome but It'll do for now.
    Last edited by Elaztic; June 8th, 2008 at 10:11 PM. Reason: Found a solution!

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