I have created a udev rules which is supposed to mount a USB device, backup some datas et cleanup everything. I am actually working on a Debian server.

There is the information about my usb device that I have with lsusb

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 054c:0243 Sony Corp. MicroVault Flash Drive

(Actually the lsusb returns more Bus / Device, but I have to write them by hand since I am not posting from my Debian machine :))

Then I have written my udev rule called :




(I used 95 because the backup script takes some seconds and I want to run it as late as I can for avoiding to delay other stuff)

And finally the rule itself:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTR{idProduct}=="0243", RUN+="/usr/local/bin/mount_usb"
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTR{idProduct}=="0243", RUN+="/usr/local/bin/backup_database"

I have tried this too:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="054c", ATTR{idProduct}=="0234", RUN+="bash /usr/local/bin/mount_usb"

Unsuccessfully :(

Then I restart udev

sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart

And when I plug my USB device I got this weird message:

[1348.295280] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through


But nothing happened. No USB device mounted, no data backed up.

I looked with tail -f /var/log/message

And the USB drive looks like detected:

usb 1-3: Product Storage Media 
usb 1-3 Manufacturer Sony`

Something must be wrong somewhere but I don't know what, neither where :(

Edit: Since I've been a little bit lazy because I can't rewrite everything from my server, please ask for further information if needed, such as the script or more logs messages :)

  • You can use the command at raftaman.net/?p=343 to check for more information on the usb drive. Also, the C program on the bottom of kernel.org/doc/pending/hotplug.txt is really useful for listening to uevents, which makes it easier to see what information you can use. Could also be as simple as some earlier rule is declared as final rule.
    – Kotte
    May 16, 2013 at 8:54
  • I will take a look at the C program, but it's looks like a little bit tricky, isn't it?
    – Edelweiss
    May 16, 2013 at 9:09
  • Somewhat, but you don't need to understand it. It is useful as a util :). Btw, I think you misspelled ATTR, should be ATTRS for usb properties.
    – Kotte
    May 16, 2013 at 9:31
  • I had the same problem a while ago. Mabye that solution will work for you too.
    – user13742
    May 16, 2013 at 12:51
  • @don_crissti After running udevadm test --action --add /dev/sdc1 (I dont have a devpath directory, I guess devpath is the usb device path?) I had a list of rules, but mine didnt appear and I got a unable to open device '/sys/dev/sdc1'
    – Edelweiss
    May 17, 2013 at 6:50

4 Answers 4


This is my working udev rule for executing backup on hotplug:

SUBSYSTEM=="block" ACTION=="add" \
      ENV{DEVTYPE}=="partition" \
      ENV{ID_FS_UUID}=="xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" \
      TAG+="store" \
      RUN+="/usr/bin/python3 /etc/systemd/autoback.py --udev"

Note that instead of matching the USB device, I'm matching a partition (i.e. /dev/sde1) on the mass storage endpoint of that usb device. It takes a few seconds after the USB hotplug before the disk is ready and the partition is enumerated so this is the "right" event for my use case, and probably yours too if you're trying to do backups. ID_FS_UUID is the same as reported by blkid for this partition. In my case, this is the luks UUID.

On my system udev doesn't seem to automatically reload correctly when I edit rules, but what I've found to work (which is also useful for debugging) is:

udevadm test /sys/dev/block/8:65

to force a reload/re-application of udev rules. Note that I found 8:65 by ls -l /dev/block | grep sde1. Also

udevadm info --query=property /dev/sde1

was helpful to see if my rules are applied, and

NOTE: I'm posting this answer 5 years after the OP, so things might be different now than then. My system is ubuntu 16.04.4 (xenial) on arm64.


You have misspelled ATTR, it should be ATTRS in this case.

  • Don't know why, but it still no working, I losing any hope for making this stuff working :( Thank you for your contribution
    – Edelweiss
    May 16, 2013 at 9:37
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    Writing udev rules is a very unforgiving task, the slightest error and nothing will happen. Have you tried moving your rule to the beginning of the list? i.e., rename the file to 10-local.rules
    – Kotte
    May 16, 2013 at 9:40
  • Also did you restart udev after making changes? udev should react to changes in the settings, but that require inotify to be enabled in the kernel. That might not be the case in embedded systems and the like.
    – Kotte
    May 16, 2013 at 9:41
  • I restarted the local server, shall I retart udev too?
    – Edelweiss
    May 16, 2013 at 9:45
  • If you restarted the computer, then udev was already restarted.
    – Kotte
    May 16, 2013 at 9:47

Try having a look at the output for udevadm info --path=path/to/device --attribute-walk It will tell you every attribute and subsystem that's valid for the device. For instance, a USB device I have has a SUBSYSTEM="tty", to recognize USB for that device you need to put SUBSYSTEMS=="usb" (note: plural subsystem*s*). I suspect that something like that may be the case here. Either way udevadm info --attribute-walk is a really helpful tool for debugging udev problems.

Also ATTR{key} is not valid, instead use ATTRS{key} (It was mentioned before, but some of your examples still use the incorrect form.)


Aren't those typos in the idProduct portion of the rules?

You have this:


Shouldn't it be this:


Based on the output from this line:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 054c:0243 Sony Corp. MicroVault Flash Drive
  • You got a point, i fixed it but still not working, anyway thanks for pointing that out :)
    – Edelweiss
    May 16, 2013 at 9:33
  • Shouldn't it be plural too? (ATTRS) May 19, 2021 at 2:42
  • @AlexisWilke - look at other A'ers didn't seem to make a diff.
    – slm
    May 19, 2021 at 2:57

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