Removable Media - Automount

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This article Based on work by Myno, andre, mindbender, downlalaway, Thorongil, frontalot, and TcT. Originally by downlalaway at
This is a basic run through of USB devices connecting for Debian on an PPC LinkStation. The USB hard drive is USB 2.0 at 3Mb/s (on a laptop HD). NB. This was based on using the original kernel #990 conversion of the LS 1 and not the Freelink project. It has been updated for use with Freelink 1.11 but requires run-throughs by others to check. USB and hotplug was/is a little flakey on 2.4 kernels in recognising devices. A reboot while the device is in should make things work. The 2.6 debian kernel is highly recommended if hot-swapping of usb devices might occur.

USB Removable Media: Automount

Note to kernel 2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint #997 users (ships with Freelink 1.1.1): You need to move a few modules out of the way before you can continue:

mv /lib/modules/2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint/kernel/drivers/scsi/scsi_mod.o /root/            
mv /lib/modules/2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint/kernel/drivers/scsi/sd_mod.o /root/              
mv /lib/modules/2.4.17_mvl21-sandpoint/kernel/drivers/usb/storage/usb-storage.o /root/  

Reboot when done.

Note to Linkstation HG users: You may also need to do this; adjust the paths to your needs.

I found this to be the easiest way to automount removable USB devices:

apt-get install autofs gawk wget bzip2 make
tar -xjf 
cd mounttero-0.5 
/etc/init.d/autofs restart 
apt-get remove gawk # this step is optional 

The devices will be mounted automagically in /mnt/auto/, for example, /mnt/auto/usb/ in case of a typical USB thumb drive, and unmounted automagically after four seconds when unplugged.

Edit /etc/auto.tero and comment out all /dev/hda? entries:

#hda1 -fstype=auto,nosuid,nodev,user  :/dev/hda1 
#hda2 -fstype=auto,nosuid,nodev,user  :/dev/hda2 
#hda3 -fstype=auto,nosuid,nodev,user  :/dev/hda3 
#hda4 -fstype=auto,nosuid,nodev,user  :/dev/hda4 

Kernel 2.6 (Power PC)

This will add USB Drive automounting and mount USB drives to /media/usb0,1,2,3 etc. symbolic links in /mnt/share will also be created usb0,usb1,usb2,usb3 so that they will be accessable via your samba share

apt-get remove hotplug 
apt-get install usbmount

You should change the lines in /etc/usbmount/usbmount.conf to give you more universal access

  • Line that starts FILESYSTEMS change to FILESYSTEMS="ext3 ext2 vfat"
  • Line that starts MOUNTOPTIONS change to MOUNTOPTIONS="noexec,nodev,noatime"
  • Line that starts FS_MOUNTOPTIONS change to FS_MOUNTOPTIONS="-fstype=vfat,umask=000"

These commands will create symbolic links will be into the shared filespace ( /mnt/share )

ln -s /media/usb0/ /mnt/share
ln -s /media/usb1/ /mnt/share
ln -s /media/usb2/ /mnt/share
ln -s /media/usb3/ /mnt/share

Enjoy and please carefully comment if it doesn't work or changes needed.

Originally by downlalaway and edited by frontalot, Myno, andre, mindbender, downlalaway, Thorongil and TcT from