New feature: mount local file systems in Gnome, please test

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Tue Dec 12 08:22:35 GMT 2006

Hi all,

as specified for feisty [1] we want to handle spare fixed hard disk
partitions in a similarly easy way as we handle removable drives. So
far those were not displayed at all on the desktop and it required
some command line runes or things like disks-admin (which disappeared
from Edgy) to use fixed hard disk partitions.

With today's upload of gnome-mount_0.5 2ubuntu3 and last week's upload
of hal, you will now get icons for hard disk
partitions which are *not* automatically mounted from fstab, and can
mount them the usual way from the context menu, diskmounter applet,

gksu verifies that you are an admin and gets the necessary root
privilege for the mounting. If you are not in the 'admin' group, then
you cannot mount local hard disks.

Known caveats:

 - The diskmounter applet wants to eject fixed hard disks and gives an
   empty error dialog (unomunting works, though). I'll fix that soon.

 - Non-admins will see icons for fixed hard disk partitions, too,
   although they cannot mount them. This is because the visibility of
   those are determined by hal, so they are global. If it's too
   annoying, I can patch gnome-vfs to hide them for non-admins

I welcome any testing feedback (to ubuntu-devel-discuss@ or as bug
reports against gnome-mount or hal).




Martin Pitt
Ubuntu Developer
Debian Developer

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