Setting up an Ipod on Linux
Written by Tom Wilson on
Here is how I went about setting up my ipod on Linux. This is my take
instructions I found at http://www.cs.duke.edu/~geha/ipod/
Done on Libranet 2.8.1 mixed branch system.
1. Formatting. Newer ipods are
"mac and pc ready". What the really means is that it is formatted for
HFS+ out of the box. The software installed on windoze reformats it the
first time it is hooked up to a pc. I recommend formatting it on a
windoze pc if you have access to one. It is just easier. There
are risks invovled in doing the conversion on linux. You can also
attempt to use it with the HFS+. Linux is limited with that file system
and is risky as well. Try both formatting for fat32 or using HFS+ on
linux at your own risk. Here is a website that has instructions for it.
2. Firewire or USB. If you are
going to use firewire, make sure you have the IEEE 1394 drivers either
compiled in the kernel or as modules if you are going to use firewire.
to rc.local if you are
going to use them as modules to load at boot.
I use the USB to connect mine. The only modules I needed were scsi_mod
and usb-storage. scsi_mod was already loaded and usb-storage was loaded
automagically when the ipod was plugged in. YMMV. Plug the ipod into
the usb port and do 'tail
Jan 16 11:05:16 obx kernel: scsi1
: SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Jan 16 11:05:16 obx kernel:
host/usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status 3, frame# 772
Jan 16 11:05:16 obx
kernel: Vendor: Apple Model: iPod Rev: 1.63
Jan 16 11:05:16 obx kernel: Type:
Direct-Access ANSI SCSI
Jan 16 11:05:16 obx kernel: USB
Mass Storage support registered.
Jan 16 11:06:28 obx kernel:
Attached scsi removable disk sda at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Jan 16 11:06:28 obx
kernel: SCSI device sda: 39063024 512-byte hdwr sectors (20000 MB)
Jan 16 11:06:28 obx kernel:
host/usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status 3, frame# 1596
Jan 16 11:06:28 obx kernel: sda:
Write Protect is off
Jan 16 11:06:31 obx kernel: sda:
it is found as sda.
Do 'fdisk /dev/sda' to
find out which partition has the data.
root@obx:/home/tom# fdisk /dev/sda
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sda: 20.0 GB,
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2431
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512
= 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id
/dev/sda1 1 5 40131 0 Empty
/dev/sda2 * 6 2431 19486845 b
The partition is /dev/sda2
3. Create Directory and mount
point. 'mkdir /mnt/ipod'
'joe /etc/fstab' (or your preferred editor) and add
/dev/sda2 /mnt/ipod vfat
defaults,user,noauto 0 0
4. Mount 'er up. 'mount /mnt/ipod' and check out
the filesystem 'ls /mnt/ipod'
root@obx:/home/tom# ls /mnt/ipod
Calendars Contacts Notes
iPod_Control is the "main" directory were the db and system info is
stored. Browse around and check it out if you wish.
5. Gtkpod. I use Gtkpod to
access and add/remove files to the ipod. It works well. There may be
other front ends for it but I didn't look around for any.
'apt-get install gtkpod'
or your systems package manager to install it.
6. Fire up gtkpod. Make sure
you have your ipod plugged in and mounted then 'gtkpod &'
and click the "Read" button to load the info from the ipod.
7. Add and delete songs as you
see fit. When finished you have to use File->syncronize i_tunesdb to
get what you add/deleted jiving with the ipod. Exit gtkpod,
unmount and disconnect the ipod and start enjoying your music.
Note: My ipod always displays the "do not disconnect" message while
plugged in. Just pull the sucker out when done and unmounted.