USB thumb drive pulled and icon left on desktop - how do I remove it??

Derek Broughton derek at
Tue Jan 20 14:24:37 UTC 2009

Karl F. Larsen wrote:

>     Fstab does NOT control mount, it USES mount. Here is my fstab and
> notice there is no /dev/sda2 in fstab.

Don't be a fool.  _mount_ uses /etc/fstab, not vice versa.  fstab provides 
mount with the defaults for particular devices - that is, it _controls_ 
> # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
> proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
> # /dev/sda6
> UUID=8713c541-dffa-4fd2-b22b-e600afacbab2 /               ext3
> relatime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
> # /dev/sda3
> UUID=77cb374a-6349-427e-9b57-ea6776f4a52d none            swap
> sw              0       0
> /dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0      
> 0
> # /dev/sda5       /home       ext3     defaults        1   2
> UUID=40cb6175-3c6e-4a7f-ae57-083cccbbba63 /home  ext3 defaults 1  2

And your point is what?  You've already said you need to be root to mount 
/dev/sda2 - that's _because_ you haven't got it in fstab.  You _don't_ have 
to be root to mount /dev/scd0 - because it is in fstab and has the "user" 
option.  However, /dev/scd0 is only in there for legacy reasons, and would 
still mount via hal, udev and pmount, automatically if you removed it from 
the fstab file.

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