Automounting firewire disk devices doesn't work

Bug #110247 reported by Andreas Ntaflos on 2007-04-26
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
hal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: hal

I suspect this is a HAL issue but I haven't found a similar bug filed.

Kubuntu 7.04
Third generation iPod (FAT-formatted and connected via firewire).

Problem description:
Plugging in the iPod doesn't draw any reaction from KDE. The device nodes get created (/dev/sdb, /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb2) and I can manually mount the iPod fine, but neither media:/ nor "dcop kded mediamanager fullList" as suggested by Amarok show any iPod-related devices.

USB devices like a USB key seem to work fine, automounting-wise.

I'm not sure what further information I could provide or how to debug this in a better way. If there's anything else I could post please let me know.

Wousser (wousser) wrote :

Thanks for you bug report.
To provide further information please take a look at:

Changed in hal:
status: New → Incomplete
Christophe Fergeau (teuf-gnome) wrote :

I'm seeing the same issue on gutsy with a 4g iPod plugged through firewire. When I plug in my ipod, dmesg reports the 2 partitions that are on the iPod, but it doesn't get mounted automatically. However, when I restart hal (/etc/init.d/hal restart), the iPod gets mounted. If I eject the iPod and replug it, it doesn't get automounted.
Looking in hal-device-manager, I notice that when the iPod is automounted (that is, after a hal restart with the iPod plugged), I have additionnal nodes containing disk partitions.... See the attached lshal logs.

Christophe Fergeau (teuf-gnome) wrote :

The same setup (ipod 4g plugged through firewire) was working fine when I was using feisty, and it never worked since I upgraded to gutsy (2 weeks ago iirc)

Christophe Fergeau (teuf-gnome) wrote :

Oh, sorry for spamming this bug report, I attached lshal output since they seemed relevant, let me know if you want additional information.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for hal (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Christophe Fergeau (teuf-gnome) wrote :

I provided some additional details last week, reopening.

Changed in hal:
status: Invalid → New
Andrew (andrewlevine) wrote :

I've been having the same problem lately with my 4g ipod. Restarting hal fixes the problem.

Here is my gvm and udev debug output before I restart hal. Would be happy to help debug if anyone has questions for me.

Andrew (andrewlevine) wrote :

This might be fixed on hardy, at least the 1st time I plugged my ipod it worked :)

After more tests, I can confirm this now works flawlessly on ubuntu hardy.

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Changed in hal:
status: New → Invalid
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