External storage ejection notifications

Davyd McColl davydm at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 05:54:06 UTC 2009

With the spanky new Jaunty notifications in place for commonplace items such
as IM messages, I have found it rather disappointing that we've actually
*lost* the "safe to remove media" notifications that I came to love and wait
patiently for under prior versions of Ubuntu.

In the place of a rather spiffy-looking balloon-type notification, Nautilus
now gives me a dialog which, for all intents and purposes, looks very
unfinished: the message that it tries to display isn't even a complete
sentence (so I'm assuming that the rest of it would be there if the dialog
were bigger?).

And if I unmount from the desktop, I get no notification whatsoever. I just
have to wait for the icon to disappear. Which may sound like I'm blathering
about nothing, but often I unmount after a large copy operation so the
kernel still has to sync(). This means that instead of just unmounting and
carrying on with something else until I get a notification, I have to wait,
on an open desktop, for the icon to disappear. And I'm just not left that
reassured that the drive has been cleanly unmounted. I'm sorry, but here I'm
like a real user: I want a notification, as I would expect under the other
major OSes.

What are the dev plans for said removable storage notifications? Is this
something which is going to be addressed as soon as a consensus is reached
about how to address it? Is this something which is already addressed in
Karmic? Or is this something which is just going to be left in a state of
less polish than prior releases?
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