Unfortunately Android 4.x+ devices cannot be mounted as a VFAT device any longer. While with 4.0 only the PTP mode is supported (which can be used to transfer photos only), on 4.1+ you can switch between PTP mode and MTP mode in the settings.

While Windows has an acceptable MTP support, on Linux systems MTP is not supported out of the box, even worse if you want to automount your android device when connecting it. Looking around, I found Han-Wen Nienhuys go-mtpfs project on Github.

install mtpfs support

go-mtpfs is based on libmtp. For OpenSuse 11.4 you need to download the latest rpm from pbone.net and to install it on your system

After that, you can either checkout the go-mtpfs project from github and compile it by yourself or, probably more easy, download the binary from here.

You can install the binaries in every place you like, but it should be either on your path configuration or you need to define the full path to the binary when using it.

configure automount

Automount on current Linux systems is initiated by the udev system. In /etc/udev/rules.d/ you will find a set of rules which define what should happen when a new device is added, removed, ...

Create or modify a new ruleset, i.e./etc/udev/rules.d/50-android.rules. Here we need to add the following rules regarding the Nexus 7 device:

# Google Nexus 7 16 Gb Bootloader & recovery mode
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="4e40", MODE="0666" # Bootloader
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="d001", MODE="0666" # Recovery

# Google Nexus 7 16 Gb PTP mode (camera)
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="4e43", MODE="0666" # PTP media
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="4e44", MODE="0666" # PTP media with USB debug on

# Google Nexus 7 16 Gb MTP mode (multimedia device)
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="4e41", MODE="0666" # MTP media
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", ATTR{idProduct}=="4e42", MODE="0666" # MTP media with USB debug on

# Google Nexus 7 MTP mode : automatic mount when plugged
ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Nexus", ENV{ID_MODEL_ID}=="4e41", ACTION=="add", RUN+="/usr/bin/sudo -u /go-mtpfs /media/nexus7"
ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Nexus", ENV{ID_MODEL_ID}=="4e42", ACTION=="add", RUN+="/usr/bin/sudo -u /go-mtpfs /media/nexus7"

# Google Nexus 7 MTP mode : automatic unmount when unplugged
ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Nexus", ENV{ID_MODEL_ID}=="4e41", ACTION=="remove", RUN+="/usr/bin/fusermount -u /media/nexus7"
ENV{ID_MODEL}=="Nexus", ENV{ID_MODEL_ID}=="4e42", ACTION=="remove", RUN+="/usr/bin/fusermount -u /media/nexus7"

Be sure, that the mount point /media/nexus7 exists and is accessable for your user.

After a

sudo /etc/init.d/boot.udev restart

your Nexus 7 device should be mounted automatically to /media/nexus7 when plugged to your PC.

If you want to mount other devices, you only need to add the corresponding rules, i.e. you need to know the corresponding idVendor/idProduct values. Those you can figure out using the dmesg command after the device is plugged.

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