Setting up USB on Ubuntu 7.04

Contributed by Ibrahim Ben Faruhn, 2007/06/14

After I had a taken a look into the insides of Ubuntu 7.04, I managed to get VirtualBox's USB-Support working there in such a way that the user only needs to be a member of a group called usbusers. This howto describes how I did it.

Basically, you just have to tell Ubuntu that a group called usbusers should have read and write access to all usb devices.

  1. Create a group called usbusers
  1. Add yourself to this group
  1. Edit the file /etc/udev/rules.d/40-permissions.rules (for this, you must have administrative privileges)

3.1 Search for the following lines

# USB devices (usbfs replacement)
SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device",                    MODE="0664"

3.2 Change them to the following

# USB devices (usbfs replacement)
SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", GROUP="usbusers", MODE="0664"
  1. Restart your PC
  1. You should now have write access to all usb devices.
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