Well, last night (at about 1am) I was working on a new website when I realized I needed upload a whole boatload of pictures. I’m currently running dual boot Ubuntu 8.10 and Vista; however, I spend most of my time in Ubuntu. Great…this is a good job for rsync. Well, the directory had a mix of stuff in it, so I spent an hour of so futzing around trying to get the pattern include/exclude working right (I ended up and just dumped my patters into a file and told rsync to look there).
But, I get getting this error that I thought was related to having a space in the volume name (why oh why do people…and companies…insist on using a space in a filename. ARG. Just don’t do it). I tried to change the volume label thinking that would be the easy way (ubuntu mounts media to /media/<volume_name>). Nope…couldn’t do that; however, I did find an argument int he properties called Mount Point. Great. I just entered where I wanted it mounted (a complete path…like /media/<where_I_want_it>). Unmounted and tried to remount it. Uh oh…error time:
“Cannot mount volume. Unable to mount volume” . When clicking details the message “mount_point cannot contain the following characters: newline, G_DIR_SEPERATOR (usually /)”
Arg. What’d I do wrong? Why do things like this always happen in the middle of the night when I want to go to bed? ARG! I googled around and found this bug report on the Ubuntu website talking about the same error. Awesome! Something to look at!
Well, I figure that “/system/
By this time it’s about 2 am and I just want to go to bed. But I can’t because I’ve got this stupid error to fix. No sweat. I go to install the app (Applications/Add/Remove) only to find it is installed. ARG. I go looking though the program list to try to find it. Nothing. ARG ARG.
Back to google. I finally figure out that to launch gconf-editor, I have to hit <alt> + <f2> and enter gconf-editor in the popup. That works. I locate the key, make the change and everything is fine (the whole problem stems from the fact that the mount point properties option exoects you to enter a name…not a path…just a name.)
Now, to get back to my original problem. Rsync works now (it wasn’t reading the space right). I start the files uploading and go to bed.
Image by andrew mason