Ubuntu won't recognise usb drive when running KDE. (works under gnome)

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Fri May 23 14:32:07 UTC 2008

andy baxter wrote:
> OK, thanks. This seems to work (apart from I don't really want to open
> a window, just mount the drive).

Obviously I read something from your mail that you didn't write. I don't 
know if there is a setting to only mount the drive. You could do it with 
some udev rules, but I can't help you there.

> However I have a question - why is something like this done by the
> desktop environment not another part of the system? It seems to me that
> this isn't the proper place for things - the way the system behaves
> when you plug in a device shouldn't depend on which desktop environment
> you are running (which could be none at all in some cases), but on a
> lower layer of the system.

While I'm not familiar with the reason why it is designed this way, it 
could be related to the permissions for the drive. If you check the mount 
options for a FAT32 USB stick you can see that it is owned by the user 
who mounted the drive. That would not be possible if it was mounted 
without user action because the system wouldn't know which user should be 
the owner.


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