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Old 01-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs down How to umount USB drive without ejecting in XFCE

Using Fedora 17, and Xfce, how does one unmount a USB drive without ejecting?

I want to unmount the drive, but not 'eject' it. That is, keep the icon on the desktop so I can remount it later. Useful for instance, if I want to run 'dd', 'fsck' or some other tool where it is better unmounted.

I read that they took this functionality away because having an unmount option would confuse people (who?), but it's annoying for semi-powerusers!

Why do linux devs insist on making Linux worse and worse for power users?

Do I just have to drop XFCE (after having to leave GNOME)
Old 01-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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sudo umount /dev/sdX
a "semi-poweruser" should know what X is.
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FWIW, it's not just XFCE. Be that as it may, a real semi-poweruser would write his or her own mounting/unmounting routine. A power user would write one that didn't suck. Mine pretty much sucks, so I just unmount using a terminal window

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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Use Gigolo, put it in the tray and you will see there all mounted/mountable drives (except /). If you untick the mounted item, it will unmount.
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Originally Posted by gradinaruvasile View Post
Use Gigolo, put it in the tray and you will see there all mounted/mountable drives (except /). If you untick the mounted item, it will unmount.
Thank you, thats sort of what I was looking for. While it would be good for GUI developers to realise that users may want to choose whether to unmount or unmount AND eject, Gigolo will have to do.

As to the recommendations to do it on the command line... A "Poweruser" isn't necessarily someone who wants to open up a terminal everytime they want to do something, but someone who wants the flexibility and power of their PC available to them.

This idea that GUI's and power users don't mix needs to go from the Linux community. It is perfectly possible, and I would guess, preferable, for linux GUI's to expose the power of their OS through the graphical interface.


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