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Re: [opensuse-factory] Can't mount fat32 USB sticks anymore
  • From: Pierre de Villemereuil <flyos@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:28:56 +1200
  • Message-id: <1522468.yigM0kLRQX@vercors>

Just to let you know that I could reproduce using the following protocol.

1- Download the Leap ISO, I used the NET install image from:
2- Plug a USB key and copy the ISO on the USB key using:
sudo dd if=/home/pierre/Downloads/openSUSE-Leap-42.2-NET-x86_64.iso
of=/dev/sdc bs=4M status=progress && sync
3- Unplug & Replug (probably not necessary...)
4- Open Gparted, remove partitions on the USB key (don't touch the partition
table!), create a new one in FAT32, put a label of your liking (say "MYLABEL").
This was a bit brutal and not cautious, but it creates roughly what you need, a
formatted USB stick.

This result in the following different behaviour in Leap and Tumbleweed:
- In Leap, when you plug the USB stick, Plasma reads a USB device named
"MYLABEL" and mount it without problem. Gparted sees it as a FAT32 partitioned
device, as does fdisk.
- In Tumbleweed, when you plug the USB stick, Plasma reads a USB device named
"openSUSE-Leap..." and can't mount it. Gparted sees it as a ISO9660 partitioned
device, but fdisk sees it as a FAT32 partitioned one.

That's all I could think about. I'm keeping the USB stick as is if you want me
to run some more tests (Leap I can do only at work during the day).


On Monday, 26 June 2017 04:45:49 NZST Carlos E. R. wrote:
On 2017-06-26 02:25, Patrick Shanahan wrote:
* Pierre de Villemereuil <> [06-25-17 19:09]:

The live USB (USB install in the case of openSUSE) were created using dd.
They were after that formatted using Gparted.

I guess it's a you say: Gparted is lazy (just as I am) and didn't wipe
everything clean (well, most likely because I didn't care to do it since
it worked "just fine").

if you read the openSUSE instructions on making a "live" usb stick, you
will find there are also instructions on recovering the usb stick to use
for normal file storage.

Yes, but these were intended for the case where the standard procedure
failed. Ie, if you simply initialize a stick using gparted, one assumes
that gparted knows how to do it.

It is a gparted bug.

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