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im not entirely sure what this means. i can mount the drive manually through the terminal if it's running as root, but thats not a particularly practical way to do things, as i am a student and often have to switch USB drives and ipods many times a day.
i think it is a permissions error, because i can still mount as root, but still, im not entirely sure how to fix it. any ideas?
i read it. but it didnt address the error. if i am incorrect, can you please tell me where in the file i am supposed to be looking? i read both the one included on my 13.1 dvd and in the -current mirror.
HAL is not new anymore, but here are a few notes related to it:
1. User accounts with permission to mount removable devices and manipulate
bluetooth devices must be in at least the "plugdev" group.
2. User accounts with permission to do power-management tasks, such as
suspend, hibernate, reboot, and shutdown, via HAL methods should be in
the "power" group.
3. User accounts with permission to use network devices, such as with the
wicd package in /extra, should be in the "netdev" group.
4. User accounts with permission to use devices that "dial out" or connect
over a serial port (serial console connections to plug computers, sync
with a palm device, etcetera) will need to be in the "dialout" group.
5. HAL will honor settings in /etc/fstab if a device is present there, so
you could technically have removable devices defined in /etc/fstab, but
if the fstab settings do not allow normal users to mount them (with the
"user" or "users" option), then HAL/dbus will not allow them to be
mounted either. In other words, for example, if your fstab line for the
cdrom/dvd drive includes the "owner" option, you will not be able to
mount it as a normal user.
6. If you find a need for modified fdi files, those should be placed in the
relevant directories in /etc/hal/fdi/ instead of /usr/share/hal/fdi/
in case it helps anyone else with the same problem, here is what i did.
i rebooted, logged in as a normal user, checked to see if it was working. i got the same error. i restarted X, logged in as root, and checked to see if it was working. it did. so i restarted X again, logged back in as myself, and tried to mount a usb. to my surprise it worked just fine. just to be sure, i rebooted the whole machine, and usb devices are mounting fine from the kde menu now.