Ubuntu “Feisty” Unmount Bug

The new version of the most popular Linux distribution – Ubuntu – is brilliant. However there is one small problem I’ve come up against which is an annoyance. I rely a lot on external USB hard disks – for instance three video projects of mine recently required 200Gb of storage – more than you can fit inside a laptop.

When it comes to unmounting (i.e. safely disconnecting) a drive, the latest version of Ubuntu (called “Feisty”) seems to have an issue. It simply tells me it “cannot eject volume”. If I go behind the scenes and issue a “sudo umount /dev/sdb1” it’s fine, but (a) it’s annoying and (b) regular users wouldn’t have a clue about this.

There appears to be an unofficial fix for this. If you have the same problem, try entering this in a terminal (all on one line):

sudo mv
/usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-storage-policy.fdi ~

Seems to work for me. I assume this will get fixed fairly quickly in an update.

8 Replies to “Ubuntu “Feisty” Unmount Bug”

  1. Hi,
    One quick question – have you had any problems with your Garmin with Feisty?
    I’ve got Feisty 64bit version (that might be the problem) with a Garmin Edge 305 and for some reason the gpsbabel just hangs when I try connect.
    I’ll try it on another pc later that is not 64bit and see if it works there.

  2. Hi Jeremy – I must admit I haven’t tried it… for day-to-day GPS use I’m on the Mac. But I’ll give it a try and post another comment in the next day or so to let you know whether it works for me on Feisty. Unless you had success on the other PC…?

  3. Excellent, thought it was my fault for reformatting my external fat32 as NTFS, thanks for this.

  4. I’m having difficult getting a Garmin GPS 18 USB device to work on Feisty Fawn ubuntu. Perhaps you can help.

    Plugging in and checking dmesg I see “usb 3-2: Garmin GPS usb/tty converter now attached to ttyUSB0”. Great. To check the output I enter the command

    stty -F /dev/ttyUSB0 ispeed 4800 && cat

  5. ah sorry, angle brackets aren’t being escaped.

    Continued …
    stty -F /dev/ttyUSB0 ispeed 4800 && cat </dev/ttyUSB0

    There is no output from the command.

    Any help in getting the output of the device would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Sorry Danny, I’ve no idea how to initiate a transfer. I assume (but don’t know) that you’d have to send the device a command before it starts outputting stuff.

    You might get some mileage from either asking on the gpsbabel forum or having a look at the gpsbabel source.

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