Here is the latest big question on internet forums: can you use the iPod nano with Mandriva? Well, yes you can, and here is how!
Mandriva (I tested with 10.1) does not readily recognise the iPod, but it's easy to get it working. You'll have to use the console to set it up though. So here we go, open a konsole and log in as root (type
su, Figure 1). The first thing you need to do is to locate the device connected to the ipod.
- start monitoring your log file:
tail -f /var/log/messages
- plug your iPod into the usb port and you should see a message like
kernel: usb 4-4: new high speed USB device using address 3
kernel: usb 4-4: configuration #1 chosen from 2 choices
kernel: scsi1 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
kernel: Vendor: Apple Model: iPod Rev: 1.62
kernel: Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
kernel: sdb: Spinning up disk....ready
kernel: SCSI device sdb: 7999488 512-byte hdwr sectors (4096 MB)
kernel: sdb: Write Protect is off
kernel: sdb: assuming drive cache: write through
kernel: /dev/scsi/host1/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2
kernel: Attached scsi removable disk sdb at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
usb.agent: Keeping default configuration with
scsi.agent: disk at /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb4/4-4/4-4:1.0/host1/1:0:0:0
perl: drakupdate_fstab called with --auto --add /dev/sdb1
perl: drakupdate_fstab called with --auto --add /dev/sdb2
- If you lived in a perfect world, you would see an
iPodicon showing up on the desktop, unfortunately, you don't!
- Locate the second partition on the iPod in the message above. In my case:
- Make a directory to mount the iPod:
- Mount the ipod:
mount -o users,exec,suid,umask=0 /dev/sdb2 /mnt/ipod/(replace
/dev/sdb2with the device you found).
- Miracle! You have an iPod icon on the desktop!
Remember or write down the device where you iPod shows up, and next time you will want to use it, you will simply type
and don't forget to replace
mount -o users,exec,suid,umask=0 /dev/sdb2 /mnt/ipod/
/dev/sdb2with the proper device!
Once you are finished with the iPod, do not forget to unmount it:
It is very important, you might corrupt it if you do not do this.
gtkpod. It is available in Mandriva, but you may have to install it (see install software with Mandriva).
gtkpod (Figure 2).
You first need to call you need to call
File->Create iPod's Directories once to create directories on your iPod.
The basic use of gtkpod is a follow:
- Import the iTunes database from the iPod: menu
- To add songs:
- To add music files directories:
- To add playlists:
- To delete songs, albums or playlists: select them in the main window, right clik, and select
Delete from iPodin the popup menu.
- Once you are done adding or removing files, simply hit the
syncicon and quit gtkpod.
Finally, do not forget to unmount your iPod:
And I'll repeat it: it is very important, you might corrupt you whole iPod if you do not do this.