usb/umass, devfs: this sucks

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Wed Dec 26 11:52:27 PST 2007

--On December 25, 2007 10:25:08 PM -0800 David Benfell 
<benfell at> wrote:

> On Wed, 26 Dec 2007 00:38:11 -0500, Mikhail Teterin wrote:
>> If we want people to give FreeBSD a try in good faith, it is both
>> profoundly  stupid and dishonest on our part to claim, we have a
>> working USB-system... It  does not matter, how great our buffer-sharing
>> VM is, if a home user can't  process their photos with a
>> FreeBSD-powered computer.

To the OP of this thread - generalized statements like this aren't very 
helpful.  I have a USB  mouse and a USB keyboard, both of which work fine 
and always have.  I mount USB thumb drives frequently to copy and move 
files back and forth.  I have a USB hard drive that is automounted at boot.

None of these devices has ever given me problems.

I'm not sure what you're referring to, but I suspect it's the "failure" to 
automount devices without first doing some configuration or to mount 
devices when you are not logged in as root.

> While I have not experienced difficulty with umass, I would have to
> comment that as near as I can tell, *nothing* else on USB works.  Not my
> scanner, nor my Treo.
> Both have worked intermittently in the recent past, so I believe my
> configuration is not at issue.

These I can't comment on, because I don't use them, although I note that 
there is a uscanner driver that *should* work for most scanners.  Man (4) 
uscanner has a lenghty list of supported scanners.  You might check to see 
if yours is on the list.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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