No, Handy, it's not that I cannot see or accept your position on cameras and computers, it's that you appear not to understand what I am asking. I have a camera, it used to work on the computer, now it does not, why? This is not a philosophical discussion but a technical one. How to make camera work with computer. Noise about whether this is advisable or detrimental to the camera or computer is not helpful at the stage I am now at. I know that it causes damage to neither the camera nor the computer; both still work, just not together with the operating system now on the computer.
Further investigation ensued. One set of programs that was running when the desktop was operational was gvfs-related. I killed all gvfs processes and now the camera will mount even while the desktop is running. Now to find out if gvfs is useful for anything and if not UNINSTALL it.
Thanks to all for helping me figure out that gvfs interferes with the mount process and renders the camera inaccessible. The solution I have found is to kill all gvfs processes before attempting to mount the camera.
I cover myself in ordure and beat myself mercilessly with a limp noodle. The problem turns out to have been a very old, well-known, Unix problem: permissions and ownership. Somehow, I don't know how, my $HOME/.gvfs directory had acquired an owner who was not the owner of $HOME. Resetting the ownership of $HOME/.gvfs now makes the problem go away. The camera mounts and is accessible as expected and gvfs gets to remain installed on my system.
I'm gonna have to resurrect this old thread.
Acquired an old Olympus D560, which won't mount on Lucid.
With regards to the above post, how do I reset the ownership of the .gvfs folder?
Powered by a Samsung NC10 with 2Gb RAM, running Lucid 10.04
ls -ld .gvfs
will tell you who owns .gvfs directory
chown newowner:newgroup .gvfs
will change ownership of .gvfs