Ubuntu and my Canon IXUS 850IS in gThumb

For my birthday I got a new Canon Ixus 850IS. For MS Windows and Mac OS X there are discs with drivirs available. After my old Canon Powershot S30 worked so nice with Ubuntu I did not thought there could be any problems with a new one ^^.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us I plugged the camera in and gThumb opened with a the import dialogue. So I clicked the import button … and received an error. Hmm it was an IO-Error and as a newbie to Ubuntu I did not know what to do.

At www.ubuntu-forum.de I found help from flynn.

The lsusb showed me the following:

guru@guru-desktop:~$ lsusb
Bus 005 Device 009: ID 04a9:3136 Canon, Inc.
Bus 005 Device 008: ID 0bc7:0006 X10 Wireless Technology, Inc.
[...]
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 045e:001e Microsoft Corp. IntelliMouse Explorer

My Canon was plugged in to bus 005 as device 009. So the file is located at /dev/bus/usb/005/ as file 009. You can view the rights per ls -l. Change the permission as root to enable rw support for all users.

guru@guru-desktop:~$ sudo chmod a+rw /dev/bus/usb/005/009

Added 16, March 12:33:
Another possibility is to simply start importing as sudo. I do not know if there are any risks but is is just simpler and easier 😉
guru@guru-desktop:~$ sudo gthumb --import-photos

Now you should be able to import your photos via gThumb.

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