Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 142909
RHEL4 -- /etc/fstab not updated when USB storage devices are plugged in
Last modified: 2013-03-05 22:42:17 EST
Description of problem:
When a USB floppy drive, cdrom drive or key drive is plugged in any
PE with RHEL4 pre-rc1(x86), /var/log/messages records the device
being detected, but /etc/fstab is not updated with the new mount
information. The mount point under /media is not created.
There is no problem mounting the device manually.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Using hal-0.4.0-9 and kernel 2.6.9-1.860_ELsmp
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RHEL4 Pre-RC1 with kernel 2.6.9-1.860_ELsmp
2. Plug in a USB cdrom/floppy/key drive
3. Observe /var/log/message to verify that the new device is
recognized by the OS
4. Check /etc/fstab for any new entries and /media for any new
the added USB device isn't automounted, nothing is added to /etc/fstab
device automounted in /media, and entry added to /etc/fstab
It appears that the usb devices don't even have an info.category when
i look at the output of 'lshal'. It also appears that the storage-
policy.fdi won't mount a storage device if info.category isn't set
I'm not sure if this is intentional or not... nor am I sure who or
what would normally set info.category to storage and that sort of
thing. This key/property (info.category) does seem to be set for the
IDE cd-rom and the legacy floppy.
I think this is fixed in the 0.4.2 hal rpm's available here
which will be part of RHEL4. The reason you're seeing this bug is that
earlier versions of hal made certain (wrong) assumptions about the
sysfs-layout that are broken in the kernel you are using. Please see
if the new RPM's work.
The 0.4.2 hal appears to work. I tried it with a USB floppy, a USB
CD-ROM, and a USB key (SanDisk Cruzer Mini).
When will this version of hal be included in RHEL4?
Confirmed hal 0.4.2-1.EL4 in pre-rc2. Closing.