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Mon - Jan 05, 2009 : 02:53 pm
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Gentoo / Gnome USB Automount
Awhile back, almost every gentoo / gnome computer I built would do this wonderful thing called "auto-mounting" all devices plugged in via USB.

Well, I really didn't know what or how this was done until it started not doing it any more.

So, I went over to my brother's house armed with a determination to figure this stuff out, and I'll be darned if we didn't figure it out (sort of)

Here's what I found out (which may or may not be correct in any way shape or fashion, but what happened, definitely happened)
  1. I started NFS, which in turn started some other processes, one of which was portmap and others.
  2. I had an entry in fstab which mounted the usb device to a directory.  This was hindering the auto-mounting process!  Don't have the entry in fstab.
  3. I removed the entry in fstab, plugged in the usb device, and shazam!  A window popped up with the files contained in the device.

So, I guess I did something right.  I still have no idea as to the technical details of exactly what caused what, but now it's working, and I thought I'd write it down so in a year when the same problem happens, I can refer back to this.

Hope it helps someone else.
Comment by Dirk Gently on Jan. 09, 2009 @ 12:37 pm
I've written about Gnome Volume Manager before, it's a good program despite it's quirks.  Storage devices, USB flash drives can be put into /etc/fstab and mounted to specific folder(s).

Here's the link:

Gnome Volume Manager
Comment by james on Jul. 09, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Did you guys ever get the hal + gnome-volume-manager issue resolved? I am currently experiencing problems automounting usb devices on Gentoo and am left scratching my head.

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