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On my Debian Squeeze laptop I am unable to auto mount pen drive or external hard drive. Here is the content of my /etc/fstab

#commented following line to just support vfat
#/dev/sdb1       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto     0       0
/dev/sdb1       /media/usb0   udf,vfat user,noauto     0       0

The problem is when I plugin a USB drive I see two icons for one USB drive. One is labled usb0 and other is the actual label of the pen drive for example sandisk or kingston. I can browse files in usb0 but sandisk/kingston is not accessible. If I unmount the usb0 I can access sandisk/kingston ladled folders and they are read/writeable by a normal user.

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I found this neat little howto based on udev. It mounts and unmounts a specified disk's partitions to known locations set up by you.

The part with the sample configuration is hard to read, so here it is again:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{serial}=="57583", SYMLINK+="wd%n"
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{serial}=="57583", RUN+="/bin/mkdir /media/wd"
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{serial}=="57583", RUN+="/bin/mount -t auto -o defaults /dev/wd1 /media/wd", OPTIONS="last_rule"
ACTION=="remove", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{serial}=="57583", RUN+="/bin/umount /media/wd"
ACTION=="remove", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{serial}=="57583", RUN+="/bin/rmdir /media/wd", OPTIONS="last_rule"
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late to accept but thanks for sharing the link. :-) – Kumar Dec 31 '11 at 13:48

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