Originally Posted by gnashley
blkid.tab is generated the first time blkid is run. If you subsequently run blkid it will use/show the entries already found in blkid.tab, unless you use the '-c /dev/null' option.
I'm still puzzled, though. I ran 'blkid -c /dev/null' and it spat the contents of blkid.tab to stdout. So I thought, "oh, maybe I'm supposed to move blkid.tab aside first." So I renamed it, reran 'blkid -c /dev/null'. It didn't spit out anything.
So I've logged out ... restarted the box ... the volumes are still there, littering my desktop. blkid.tab is still renamed to blkid.tab.OLD. I guess the things I don't understand are mainly two (and a little more):
1) what ran blkid and generated the .tab file in the first place? I had never heard of any of this before digging into this problem (that is, _I_ didn't run it).
2) where is it picking up this untrue information that I have all these little partition-slivers?
2.5) how can this still be happening when I've renamed bklid.tab?
I'm guessing it is peculiar to XFCE, whatever it is ... when I switch to a KDE desktop (which I don't like to do ... too heavy for my taste), the icons do not appear.
I'll keep poking around.