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I have a service that manages a USB key (format, mount/umount, read/write, check space) coded in Python 2. This service call system to manage the device (mount/umount, mkfs, state) and monitor /proc/mounts to check mounting status.

There are some tests to check the service behaviour, but I am unable to test the service without a real USB key but it's an issue for Jenkins slaves.

I tried to mount the loop device, but this technic require to modify the service to manage this specific device.

  • Do you know some technics to create a virtual device that behaves as a USB key?
  • Do you know a way to test this kind of service ?
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Reading an artcle about Linux-USB Gadget API Framework, I found a way to mount a device as if it was a USB key using loop device (here):

  1. create a virtual drive :

    fallocate -l 128M /tmp/virtual_drive.img
    
  2. attach this as loop device:

    sudo losetup -o512 /tmp/virtual_drive.img /dev/loop0
    

Then this virtual device is used as-is by the service.

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  • USB Gadgets and losetup aren't really related... From your question, I'd suggest that losetup alone doesn't achieve what you're after - emulating a USB mass storage device.
    – Attie
    Feb 21 '19 at 12:25
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    @Attie I am agree with you: what I meant was that by reading an article on USB gadget, I realized that losetup was enough. I was able to simplify the procedure without going as far as emulating the USB key.
    – chepseskaf
    Feb 22 '19 at 7:26

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