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Linux: Auto-mounting USB camera memory

I have 2 cameras. One takes Flash cards, the other takes SD cards. If my Sony still worked, I’d also add memory sticks to that list.
I’ve got a routine, a workflow, for copying photos off camera media but it’s slightly more complicated with multiple memory types!
Kevin Lyda kindly mailed me a script he had for auto-mounting his camera and copying the files off. It uses the usb hotplug program to do that but I couldn’t get it to work with my card reader so I wrote the following script. Bits of it are from Kevin’s scipt, so thanks!
I insert my camera media, and run “” and it find the Flash card and copies all files off it into a directory with today’s date!

Make sure you have your media mount points setup in /etc/fstab. Here’s what mine looks like:

/dev/sdb1 /mnt/cfcard vfat users,noauto,rw,uid=1000 0 0
/dev/sdd1 /mnt/sdcard vfat users,noauto,rw,uid=1000 0 0

Copy and paste this into a file and save it to /usr/local/bin/ and make it executable (chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/


export YEAR=`date +%Y`
export TODAY=`date +%Y-%m-%d`
export DIR=/home/donncha/Photos/$YEAR/$TODAY/
mount /mnt/cfcard/ 2> /dev/null
if [ -d /mnt/cfcard/dcim/ ]; then
    mkdir -p $DIR
    find /mnt/cfcard/dcim -type f -print0 | xargs -0i mv -vi '{}' $DIR
    umount /mnt/cfcard/
    df -h
mount /mnt/sdcard/ 2> /dev/null
if [ -d /mnt/sdcard/dcim/ ]; then
    mkdir -p $DIR
    find /mnt/sdcard/dcim -type f -print0 | xargs -0i mv -vi '{}' $DIR
    umount /mnt/sdcard/
    df -h

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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