I am trying to access the usb stick that I use for storage on my Pi, PI_USB. I am able to access it while using startx, but I am denied permission while in console mode.

In the terminal, I typed in the following:

$ cd /media
/media $ cd PI_USB
bash: Permission Denied
/media $ sudo cd PI_USB
sudo: cd: command not found

I was wondering, why am I being denied permission? How can I fix this? I am using the byobu console interface, could this be the issue?

  • What is mounting the device? – Jivings Apr 26 '13 at 20:57
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    Indeed. Do you mount it yourself, or automatically? What does your /etc/fstab contain? – krs013 Apr 27 '13 at 3:24
  • @Jivings How would I find out what mounts it? I use an external USB port (from staples...) – xxmbabanexx May 3 '13 at 18:55
  • I mean are you mounting it yourself? Can you access as root (not using sudo). – Jivings May 4 '13 at 16:09
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    you can not sudo cd but you can start a new shell with sudo -s and then running cd would do so with root access. Remember to type exit before doing anything that could wreck your system. – rob Oct 30 '13 at 20:54

I had the same problem, and I ended to start doing :

sudo chmod 777 PI_USB

As a workaround before putting the good permissions.

Good luck!

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    While not very elegant, it does solve the problem. I'll upvote. – Bex Apr 20 '14 at 8:18

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