I have been reading tutorials on how to configure transimission to save my downloads in USB flash drive. When I go to /media in my file manager I can see my USB flash drive and access its files. This happens automatically, I didn't mount this device. But all tutorials say I need to mount my flash drive first, and then configure transmission to work with it.

So, if my device already appears in the file manager, isn't it mounted? Do I have to configure something or I should just set /media/nameOfMyPenDrive to be the download folder?

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    Your distro obviously has automounting capabilities; some do not, hence the advice to mount the drive first... It would probably be a good idea to include the drive in your /etc/fstab so that it is mounted on boot.
    – jasonwryan
    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:50
  • So you just need to set the download folder, no need for ant special configuration
    – One Face
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:27
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    More importantly, probably the drive is NOT mounted until you open some file manager to display available drives. I don't know enough about Raspbian, but for example, Kubuntu automounter does this - there's nothing in /media/ until you open a graphical file manager like Dolphin.
    – SF.
    Feb 9, 2015 at 15:20
  • @SF. excelent comment! So I need to configure the automount, rigth?
    – Guelando
    Feb 9, 2015 at 21:18
  • As others suggested, if you want the drive always mounted on startup, just add its entry to fstab, and it will be mounted automatically every time the system starts. Don't confuse startup automount (fstab) with the Automounter - runtime detector of new drives which mounts them as required. Automounter is a very tricky (and still, good two decades in development, unreliable) thing to configure/modify. If it works, enjoy that it works. If you see contents of the drive, it's (most likely) mounted.
    – SF.
    Feb 9, 2015 at 21:39

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Like jasonwryan said, your distro has automounting capabilities. So your USB flash drive is mount already. You just configure your app to download files in "/media/somename" and it is ready.

May be your distro use AutoFs, so you can edit the mount options, if you want. If you use Debian, they should be in "/etc/auto.removable".

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