When inserting an Ubuntu CD on Ubuntu...

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Wed Mar 4 17:25:32 GMT 2009

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James Westby wrote on 04/03/09 14:49:
> ...what should happen?
> Currently mpt says that this opens two things, nautilus, and a
> special dialog that offers to open the package manager. Obviously
> this is not great.

To clarify, it doesn't open the CD in the file manager. Instead, by
default, it opens two alert boxes simultaneously. One asks: "A volume
with software packages has been detected. Would you like to open it with
the package manager?" The other asks: "This medium contains software
intended to be automatically started. Would you like to run it?" If I
click "Run" in the second alert, I get an error, "Could not find the
autorun program."

There are numerous problems with the wording, grammar, and
capitalization of these alerts, but as you say, the main problem is with
two alert boxes appearing simultaneously in the first place. One of
these comes from update-notifier and the other from Nautilus, but there
is no hint of that, and even if there was it wouldn't be a good excuse.

Unfortunately I can't really make a suggestion here without knowing what
the automatically started software would do if it worked.

> Nautilus has an "x-content" bar that can deal with things like this.
> Plug in a memory card full of photos, or open the trash, and you will
> see it as a yellow bar under the location bar, with a button to
> launch an app to handle it. (Similar to some of firefox's 
> notifications).
> It would be possible to make this happen for Ubuntu CDs. This would
> mean when you inserted it nautilus would open, and show you the contents
> of the CD, and have the bar offering to start whatever would handle
> the CD.

The Nautilus window for the CD already does use the bar, with the text
"The media contains software.", and the mind-boggling button "Open
Autorun Prompt". This button produces the same alert box as appeared
when I inserted the CD in the first place.

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