There have been many people asking how to mount and/or eject their precious Ipods under Fedora Core 2. I seem to keep finding these threads so I decided to write this how-to. Before I begin let me preface this by warning you that this has only been tested with Third generation Ipods; and as far as I know Fourth generation Clickwheel models have not been successfully mounted for use in either Fedora core or any other distribution for that matter. Also note that I am using a USB 2.0 cable and the steps I outline may or may not apply to you if you are making use of a Firewire connection.
The Ipod should be formatted for use with Windows, I recommend allowing windows to handle this for you since it is simply easier to let the machine do it for you.
Now onto the actual mounting of the Ipod…
1. First plug your Ipod into your computer via usb 2.0 cable.
2. Open a terminal and type
3. Now that you are root type
mount –t vfat /dev/sda2 /mnt/ipod
Note that if you get an error that corresponds to “cannot mount device invalid block” or something close to this, you may either need to change sda2 to sdb2 or reboot and hope that its detected properly.
Furthermore forget about umount its worthless for Ipods and will not get rid of the do not disconnect message. You must use
the full command will look like
after that it will be safe to remove the Ipod.
A word of caution, okay a few words of caution…
Do not attempt to write songs to the Ipod using multiple Ipod managing programs.. For example do not use Itunes on windows, and then use Gtkpod on Fedora very bad things can happen to your database if you do so. Your best bet is to pick one program and stick with it, so it is in your best interest to reformat the Ipod if you are planning to switch from Itunes to any other program and vice versa.
The above applies to Fedora Core 3 Test 2 as well except that one may feel free to change /mnt/ipod to /media/usbdisk as FC3T2 seems to like the Ipod mounting there by default.