Automounting devices different in ubuntu/kubuntu badger?

Laszlo Pandy laszlok2 at
Mon Jan 16 17:47:07 GMT 2006

HAL is the hardware abstraction layer which is used by higher level programs 
to mount these USB devices. The latest gnome which comes with badger has 
support by default for HAL. This means you can configure the mounting 
behaviour with gnome settings. However KDE 3.4 does not have HAL support. KDE 
3.5 has HAL support and will be included in dapper. For Kubuntu users, there 
should be a program called ivman installed which will mount any USB device 
regardless if KDE or GNOME or X for that matter is running. If you have a 
Kubuntu install ivman should be running in the background and should mount 
everything that gets plugged in.
The kernel does not automatically mount everything as this is a potential 
security issue. So no, it is not done at the "kernel/system" level, instead 
HAL is used to call the low level system to mount the device, only when 
requested by the upper level program.

On Monday 16 January 2006 9:00 am, Joao Pedro Clemente wrote:
> Hi.
> I faced a strange behaviour diference in kubuntu badger vs ubuntu badger:
> With a fully updated kubuntu badger, I was inserting an usb pen and I
> would see no automount being made. I then installed ubuntu-desktop
> package, switched to gnome, and strangely gnome would show me a mounted
> device when I inserted the same pen!
> Shouldn't this "detect device hotplug and automount" be something done at
> "kernel/system" level? I was amazed to see a diference by simply switching
> from kde to gnome!
> I was hoping that, even if no X was running, hotplug/udev would detect and
> mount the device. So I was unable to explain myself this difference...
> Anyone faced this?
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