how to show mounted drives/filesystems on desktop
I used to have two external drives connected by USB with filesystems on them (one NTFS on ext3). Upon reboot both drives showed up on desktop. I also had them mounted in /mount with appropriate records in /etc/fstab.
I installed an expansion eSATA card and reconnected both drives through eSATA, added a couple new external eSATA drives, and added internal drives. All drives are now formatted as separate ext3 systems with mount points in /mount and new records entered into /etc/fstab.
While all drives/filesystems mount in /mount as expected, none of them shows up on desktop upon reboot. I made links and placed them on desktop. However, the nuisance is that while I can access filesystems directly from desktop now, every time I want to delete something there, an error "Not on the same filesystem" pops out. I have to go directly through mount points in /mount to do this.
How to make these drives/filesystems to mount automatically on desktop like USB drives did before?
RHEL 5.8 Gnome GUI
I wonder if your links are breaking because the device letters (/dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, and so on) are not always the same, as sometimes happens with external drives. Mounting by label or by UUID may be part of the solution.
I have two external USB drives mounted by UUID. I found the UUIDs by looking in /dev/disk/by-uuid:
I do not feel it is a problem. When I had two USB external drives this indeed was happening occasionally, but both drives always showed up on desktop with whatever labels were assigned, and also mounted in /media. Mislabeled filesystems in /media were simply empty under orphaned names. I used UUID in /etc/fstab and this fixed the issue.
Now all new drives always mount in /media as the same devices (sdb, sdc, sdd, sde, sdf, sdg), but neither of them ever shows on desktop. I think this has something to do with differences between USB and eSATA, as any USB stick with a recognizable file system always shows on desktop when inserted. I wonder what controls this in Gnome or Nautilus.
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