Debian Install ALSA/Intel Issue

Liz Hare doggene at
Tue Mar 8 16:19:41 EST 2011

Thanks, Chris,

This would be really useful, except that e2label isn't available to me 
on the distribution of Debian from Samuel Thibault.

I got someone to check the syslog and the usb stick is sda1.

There is an application in there called usb-list, and it does list the 
USB stick.

When I try to mount it, I get an error saying  mounting failed, no such 
file or directory.


Liz Hare PhD
Dog Genetics LLC
doggene at

On 3/8/2011 2:09 PM, Christopher Brannon wrote:
> Liz Hare<doggene at>  writes:
>> Would it be possible to mount a USB device? How?
> Hi Liz,
> It is, but the problem is knowing the name of the device.
> On my box, /dev/sdb1 is usually the first partition of my external
> device.  /dev/sda is my internal hard drive.  It really gets problematic
> if you have connected multiple USB storage devices.
> You might be able to make this easier using filesystem labels,
> especially if your external device has an ext2 or ext3 filesystem.
> I don't know how to add a volume label to an MSDOS filesystem.
> Here's a fully-worked example of how labels work, based on my own setup.
> My external hard disk has three partitions.  The first two aren't
> important.  Partition 3 has all of my data.  It's at /dev/sdb3 right
> now.  I added a label to the filesystem, using e2label:
> e2label /dev/sdb3 cmb_external_hd
> You probably want to run that command with the filesystem unmounted.
> Now, any time I need to access that partition, I can do so using the
> pathname /dev/disk/by-label/cmb_hd_external.
>> From now on, I don't have to care about the physical device name.  It
> could be /dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3, or anything else.  But it doesn't matter.
> The logical name /dev/disk/by-label/cmb_external_hd always refers to the
> 3rd partition on my external hard drive.
> So hopefully that whole discussion was beneficial, and it will simplify
> the process of working with USB devices.
> Assuming you've assigned a label of my_fs to a filesystem on your USB
> device, you should be able to do:
> mount /dev/disk/by-label/my_fs /mnt
> amixer>  /mnt/amixer.txt
> sync
> umount /mnt
> Hope this helps.
> -- Chris
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