Bug 182641 - USB key drive has broken format menu option
USB key drive has broken format menu option
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nautilus (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tomáš Bžatek
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Reported: 2006-02-23 14:57 EST by Jonathan Blandford
Modified: 2015-03-03 17:27 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-05-06 11:34:20 EDT
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Description Jonathan Blandford 2006-02-23 14:57:56 EST
If you have an unmounted USB drive, it has a 'Format' entry in the option menu.
 Selecting it gives me the following error message:

"The device '/dev/sda1' can not be formatted."
Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2006-02-26 08:14:41 EST
Usermount will refuse to format if the device is not writable or is mounted and
doesn't distinguish device types such as an USB key drive. Please check your
permissions for /dev/sda1, what may cause your problem. Have you seen this
message running usermount as root?

It worked for me fine with my 128MB Seitec key drive.
Comment 2 Jonathan Blandford 2006-02-27 10:08:04 EST
[ Adding davidz to the CC list ]

Doesn't seem to work either as root or normal use.  The drive can be mounted but
not formatted.  Permissions are as follows:

[root@localhost ~]# ls -l /dev/sda1
brw-r----- 1 root disk 8, 1 Feb 27 10:00 /dev/sda1

Comment 3 David Zeuthen 2006-02-27 11:14:13 EST
> Please check your permissions for /dev/sda1, what may cause your problem.

We don't change the permissions of devices in the default install and we
shouldn't - it would violate security... I know we used to do this back in the
updfstab days but this changed in FC3.

Btw, A new set of GNOME formatting/partitions tools using HAL is planned.. will
also include support for formatting LUKS volumes.. and it won't require root or
special device permissions for e.g. USB keys.

This should make FC6 - especially if we devote some time to working on this :-)
Comment 4 Jindrich Novy 2006-02-28 09:41:28 EST
Just to have more info, do you have SELinux enabled on your box?
Comment 5 Jonathan Blandford 2006-02-28 11:31:34 EST
Yup. Running Permissive.
Comment 6 Miloslav Trmač 2007-03-10 00:28:12 EST
userformat can't help it if it is called by nautilus on a device that isn't
writable.  At minimum, nautilus shouldn't offer the menu entry in that case.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 22:08:37 EDT
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