Safely Remove Drive needed twice

Mark mhullrich at
Fri Oct 29 08:48:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at> wrote:
> You posted the question in Ubuntu so my answer referred to Ubuntu and not
> KDE. Nevertheless, Gnome also uses Nautilus so you should also see the
> Pyramid-looking thngie - unless KDE is doing some fiddling with the display.
> Here is what I am talking about (as a small attachment).

Okay, I think I get it.

The pyramid looking thingie is the eject button.  Now, I can't
reproduce the steps you used to show the display you sent.  If I open
the panel for Places, I can see the drive, but no eject symbol.  When
I open the drive, I still don't see any such thing.  E.g., when I open
Nautilus on any directory or drive, I get either the icon view
display, which is the default, or a list, which I use for my home
directory.  I don't see the Windows-style pane on the left where other
stuff (directories, other drives, whatever) shows up as in your case.
I looked through the preferences and the View menu and I don't see
anything that brings this to be.

But, regardless, if I right-click the drive, whether the screen icon
or in a Nautilus window or from Nautilus's File menu, and I choose
Eject, the icon goes away, the drive is dismounted (on one click) but
the light stays on.  A brief check around shows that the drive is in
fact dismounted. (CentOS had the same behavior with the "Unmount
Volume" option, but neither an Eject nor a Safely Remove Drive.)

If I click on Safely Remove Drive, the first time it comes back and
the second time it does not AND the light goes out.  I rather like the
the light going out, even if it takes two dismounts.

Is that clear as mud or what?


Mark (not Widdicombe)

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