Upgrade breaks USB disk automount

Art Alexion art.alexion at verizon.net
Fri Nov 24 17:46:23 UTC 2006

I have had such serious problems with the Breezy -> Dapper upgrade and hal 
that I am about to wipe the disk and reinstall from scratch.  This is a drag 
as I fear losing some add on stuff that I may not be able to find anymore.

Booting chokes on hald when init executes the 20hald script called 
from /etc/init.d/dbus  It chokes when hald is becoming a daemon.  After a 5 
minute timeout, it exits with code 2.  Similar problems calling the 
aforementioned init scrips from a console after boot, or trying to load hald 
directly, without a script.  (Run directly, the exit code is 1, but the 
result is the same.)

Its a deal breaker.  Here are some of the effects:

1, usb devices, like iPod do not display on k desktop.  I can mount them 
manually after creating an fstab line, but transferring stuff to these 
mounted devices is very, very slow.

2. Can't mount samba shares.  I can browse the shares on this machine from a 
remote machine, and can browse the remote using the smb:/ protocol, but can't 
mount and have apps treat them as local directories.

3. access to ~/Documents and ~/Desktop is very slow.  Non-kde apps, like 
firefox are very slow to display file dialogs.  KDE apps are ok as long as 
the default directory is not ~/Documents or ~/Desktop

On Thursday 23 November 2006 13:39, Jose Gomez-Dans wrote:
> The latest and greatest dist-upgrade on my Dapper system has resulted
> in new versions of HAL-related packages being installed
> (hal_0.5.7-1ubuntu18.2, libhal1_0.5.7-1ubuntu18.2,
> ibhal-storage1_0.5.7-1ubuntu18-2). The system no longer pops up my USB
> disk on the desktop, nor is it available for automatic mounting. In a
> word, it is as if HAL didn't exist. In /var/log/daemon.log appear many
> entries of HAL detecting the new hardware, but appear increasingly
> convoluted:
> Nov 23 19:37:43 localhost NetworkManager: <debug
> info>^I[1164307063.278577] nm_hal_device_added (): New device added
> (hal udi is
> '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/storage_serial_SEAGATE_ST3200822A_12345678901
>2'). Nov 23 19:37:43 localhost NetworkManager: <debug
> info>^I[1164307063.362589] nm_hal_device_added (): New device added
> (hal udi is '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/volume_uuid_444A_27E2').
> Has this happened to anybody else? The disk can still be mounted using
> mount/pmount, but...
> Cheers!


Art Alexion

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