Bug 242832 - Gnome Auto Mount VFAT shortname=lower
Summary: Gnome Auto Mount VFAT shortname=lower
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-mount
Version: 7
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Zeuthen
QA Contact:
: 243074 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-06-06 02:46 UTC by Granville Xiong
Modified: 2013-03-06 03:51 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2007-06-06 15:37:03 UTC

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Description Granville Xiong 2007-06-06 02:46:47 UTC
Description of problem:

I just installed FC7 a few days ago and am using Gnome as my desktop environment
in UTF-8 encoding. One of my daily jobs is to back up my files from my hard
drive to my USB portable drive. I use rsync to synchronize the data from ext3
hard drive partition to vfat portable drive partition. I use the following
command to do the job:

rsync -v -t --modify-window=2 -r -u --delete -z "${SRC_DIR}" "${DEST_DIR}"

Everything was fine in FC6. But things were not going well in freshly installed
FC7: some of my files were kept being backed up every time when I ran rsync
command, although the source files were not changed at all! I tracked down the
problem by revealing the default mount options stored in /media/.hal-mtab, as
shown here:

/dev/sdb1 501 0 vfat nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal,shortname=lower,uid=501 /media/PHD

The culprit is the mount option "shortname=lower" which created in vfat
partition lower-case directory and file names for the directories and files
whose original name is short and all upper case in Linux ext3 partition.
Therefore every time rsync deleted the directories and files whose letter case
__appear__ changed in vfat, copied the source directory from ext3 to vfat, and
then changed the case to lower ones. I checked out the manpage of mount and ran
some tests, and found out that the mount option "shortname=mixed" does the right
job: everything was kept exactly the same in vfat partition as those in ext3 one.

So my question is that where to put my customized mount option in FC7 system, so
that every time when a removable device is plugged in, the correct mount option
can be used automatically. It seems to have something to do with HAL but I have
no idea where to store my mount options. And I also found a config file
/etc/gconf/schemas/gnome-mount.schemas which contains something like:


I changed "lower" to "mixed", but had no effects at all on mounting plugged drives.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:

All directories and files with short and all upper-case names are changed to
lower case when they are copied to vfat partition mounted with
"shortname=lower", so that rsync cannot work properly!

Expected results:

Additional info:

Comment 1 David Zeuthen 2007-06-06 15:37:03 UTC
Install gnome-mount-nautilus-properties - yes, the UI is horrible, that's why
it's not installed by default.

Comment 2 David Zeuthen 2007-06-06 17:08:16 UTC
(should add that gnome-mount-nautilus-properties allow you to right click on a
volume and change mount options - that's the way it works)

Comment 3 Granville Xiong 2007-06-07 07:10:18 UTC
This problem potentially affects the communication of FC7 box with most portable
multimedia devices, e.g. digital camera, MP3 player, PDA, etc., most of which
are mounted as FAT32 storage. Say I wanna maintain a list of my favorite songs
on my MP3 player using rsync, and end up with all short upper-case artist names
renamed. It's a disaster!

It looks like this bug is caused by the default configuration of HAL. I wrote a
configuration file storage-policy.fdi:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="block.is_volume" bool="true">
      <match key="volume.fsusage" string="filesystem">
        <match key="volume.fstype" string="vfat">
          <merge key="volume.policy.mount_option.shortname="

I put it at /usr/share/hal/policy/95userpolicy/ and restart haldaemon. Then
lshal has an output line:

volume.policy.mount_option.shortname= = 'mixed' (string)

But /media/.hal-mtab still shows shortname=lower! So it seems that my
storage-policy.fdi was not loaded by HAL. I also tried /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ but
no effects at all either.

I remember I have done similar jobs in FC5 and FC6, and they worked. Does
anybody know how to do it in FC7? Thanks a lot!

Comment 4 David Zeuthen 2007-06-07 16:20:11 UTC
Why did you reassign this to hal? Please don't do that, at least not _without_
justifying it.

(In reply to comment #3)
> volume.policy.mount_option.shortname= = 'mixed' (string)

There properties have been deprecated long ago (since FC5).

> I remember I have done similar jobs in FC5 and FC6, and they worked. Does
> anybody know how to do it in FC7? Thanks a lot!

Did you even read comment 2? gnome-mount-nautilus-properties looks like this fwiw


Just set Mount Options to 'uid=500 shortnames=mixed' and you should be good
(replace 500 with your actual user id).

Comment 5 David Zeuthen 2007-06-07 16:22:06 UTC
*** Bug 243074 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 6 Granville Xiong 2007-06-08 07:52:58 UTC
Sorry for messing it up! The reason is that i had thought it's probably because
of some of the default configuration of HAL which uses hal policy to specify the
default mount options. However yeterday i looked into the kernel document of fc7
and found that the kernel module vfat uses the default shortname=lower to mount
vfat partition. So i realized that most likely neither HAL nor gnome-mount set
any customized value for the mount option shortname, so when mounting a vfat,
the default value of shortname option "lower" is used. Now i seem to know what's
going on.

So my final question is that is there way to set a default value for the
shortname mount option system-widely instead of specifying it for each user
account. I know i can recompile the kernel by setting a default value of vfat
module. but is there any easy way to achieve it? Thanks a lot!

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