[Scottish] USB memory sticks and SuSE 9.3

Craig Perry Craig.Perry at sanmex.com
Fri Jan 13 18:57:29 GMT 2006

Hi Rob,

Could you do the following:

1. Insert the USB pen drive, then remove it after 5 seconds or so.
2. As root, type "siga" without the quotes at a command prompt.
3. Email me a copy of the siga.html file that is created in /tmp (i.e.



P.s. The siga command is the "System Information Gatherer". Very handy
for remote support such as this.

P.P.S. The tool gathers a fair bit of information, please check the file
in a web browser to ensure it is not revealing information which you are
not happy to release to the internet at large...

-----Original Message-----
From: scottish-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk
[mailto:scottish-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk] On Behalf Of Robert Barbour
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:28 AM
To: SLUG-list
Subject: Re: [Scottish] USB memory sticks and SuSE 9.3

Attache file shows three pages of output.
I think the stick is in MSdos format, as you suspect.
So what is the solution to the file transfer problem between formats -
I have apple, MS and Linux?

Message Received: Jan 09 2006, 03:16 PM
From: "Martin Habets" 
To: scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Subject: Re: [Scottish] USB memory sticks and SuSE 9.3

It seems time to open up a terminal window (that's Konsole in Suse).
After you insert the stick, open the new 'floppy' icon, and get the
error message... after all that, type in these commands in the terminal
window and send the output here:

dmesg | tail -100

That should give us a start to figure out what's going on.
If you're couragous you could look up a line for 'sda' in the mount
output and try to browse that directory.

My guess is the floppy icon is used because the filesystem on the USB
stick is msdos.


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