View Full Version : USB memory stick mounting problem

August 24th, 2008, 08:15 PM
I'm using Mandriva 2008.1, and everytime I stick my memory stick in and try to open it, it says "permissions denied". Nothing else, just that. No problems in either XP or the most recent 8.10 alpha, or Puppy Linux. It works fine if I insert it before booting the computer/OS but if I plug it in at any other time it gives the error every time. Even with dolphin opened from CLI with superuser privileges it says it, so does anyone have any idea?

August 24th, 2008, 08:52 PM

I think I had the same problem a time ago ... but I'm unsure how I solved it.
If you plug it it, a small USB Key Icon will apear in the controllbar. With a rightklick you can edit some preferences. Maybe you could find something settings there.
Or try to mount the stick per console and overright the permissions

chown -r user:groupe /mnt/yourUSB/

If this didn't help, you might ask someone else ... forum.mandriva.com


August 24th, 2008, 09:43 PM
Edit /etc/fstab and see if there's a line for the device. if there is, comment it out.

August 27th, 2008, 07:44 AM
Edit /etc/fstab and see if there's a line for the device. if there is, comment it out.

Yep, that got it. Interestingly I had noticed an error in verbose startup saying it failed to mount a drive, that must have been it.


August 27th, 2008, 05:19 PM
If the drive is connected during boot it'll consider it to be a new permanent drive and try to add it to /etc/fstab . If possible it'd be good to disable this for USB stick-type drives but the problem is they're difficult to tell apart from, say, a new SATA hard disk (which obviously *should* be treated as a nwe permanent drive): they look very similar as far as the system is concerned. :\

September 21st, 2008, 04:06 PM
I don't know a ton about the interior of the Linux OS, but shouldn't there be a way to identify the difference between a SATA drive and one coming in through a USB or Firewire port?