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March 3, 2009

Troubleshooting on usbmount – vfat filesystem is not supported by default

by Joe Kuan

I have spent ages figuring out why on earth the auto mount of usb flash drive was not working on my Ubuntu installation (8.04 LTS). Somehow I kept thinking it was udev problem, kept trying to debug with udevadm. I also read some posts on Ubuntu forums saying that there is a currently a bug in auto mount pluggable usb devices.

However, the problem was actually usbmount and there wasn’t much documentation or man page about it. Usbmount default configuration doesn’t include vfat filesystem and my usb pen drive is FAT16 (and most of the usb sticks are). It works perfectly fine after modifying FILESYSTEMS in /etc/usbmount/usbmount.conf file.

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