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Bash script to automatically copy file on USB drive when plugged in
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Bash script to automatically copy file on USB drives when it's plugged on USB port. Used to make massive copies of files on usb drives (usb drives gifted during conference).

Features :

  • Automatic launch when an USB drive is plugged in
  • Automatic mount of ntfs USB drive (can be manualy changed to non ntfs partition)
  • Automatic copy of a whole folder (including sub-folders, keeping the hierachy)
  • Automatic notification on the desktop when copy is done (using notify-send)
  • Automatic umount after copy
  • Support multiple USB drives at the same time ( is called each time)

Setup :

General setup :

Please add that command in /etc/udev/rules.d/99-usbhook.rules to run script when an usb drive is plugged in ACTION=="add",KERNEL=="sd*", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{product}=="*", RUN+="/home/stf/ %k" (Change run command according to the location of that script)

Run sudo udevadm control --reload-rules to update udev rules

Create log file (according to the configuration in > sudo touch /var/log/usbhook

In :

  • Don't forget chmod +x
  • Edit the path SRC (line 25) according to the source folder that you want to copy on usb drives
  • Edit the mount command (line 40) if you don't want to use ntfs partition
  • Edit the user stf by your own username in sudo command at line 51 if you want to see notification on desktop
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