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This is something that really bothered me since I started using Arch. I would really like it if I could just click the device icon in a file manager and it would mount the device, instead of having to log in as root and issue mount/umount commands, and having to log in as root to copy files to the device.
The attached error dialog is from PCManFM when I click on the icon of a flash drive I plugged in.
I'm almost certain it is, or at least the file manager calls or executes something that does.
Well--in KDE--I am reasonably certain that it is NOT the file manager that is doing the honors. There is this marvelous little utility called the "device notifier". When I insert something (thumb drive, blank CD, SD card, etc.) If pops up an offers me the appropriate options---eg:
open with file manager (which of course requires mounting)
burn a CD
open with digikam
It also has a control to eject the device (umount included).
It does all this without the file manager being open.