Friday, August 17, 2007

It Just Works

Just now, i tried to plug my mother's digicam to my Slackware system and it recognize it. Check this output from dmesg:

usb 3-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
usb 3-6: configuration #1 chosen from 2 choices
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usb-storage: device found at 3
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access Sony Sony DSC 6.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] 3995648 512-byte hardware sectors (2046 MB)
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] 3995648 512-byte hardware sectors (2046 MB)
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
sda: sda1
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI removable disk
usb-storage: device scan complete
sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0


Next thing is that i ran mount-usb which will mount the device in /mnt/removable (i made the alias for myself). Hm.. before i ran that command, a window popped up and asking that a new medium is found and what should it do with it. I just clicked on Cancel and mount it manually (i still prefer the old mount ways, since i used a single mount point, /mnt/removable or /mnt/removable2 rather than /media/randomNameForYourDeviceHere). Voilla... I can access my Digicam's memory card, like other USB Flash Drives. Great. So i can start processing the images that were taken yesterday.

This is one reason i like Slackware. It's very simple (but effective) system, and the most important thing: it just works. No bloating packages that are broken, and you name it. It's everything you need for a stable desktop system.