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Old 12-16-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Removable Drives and Media

Anyone know why Ubuntu removed "System > Preferences > Removable Drives and Media" in 9.10?
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This article does not explain why it was removed, but it does show you how to do the same thing in 9.10:
In Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Removable Drives and Media is no longer in the Preferences menu but you can still do this as follows.

This user configurable action for specific media types can be configured in the Nautilus (file manager) window. From the Edit menu in Nautilus select Preferences and then select the Media tab. There you can select what happens when media is inserted. For example we need to turnoff audio CD auto play. CD audio "can do nothing" or "ask what to do" or "open folder".
Some more info here:
It is common for things to move around or be removed or changed from one Ubuntu version to the next. For example, network-manager used to be under:
system > administration > networking, and require you to enter your password; but people started getting used to that, so they moved it to:
system > preferences > network, and it no longer requires a password.

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I was able to disable automounting through the instructions on that page ... involving running a GUI app via shell (it should be in some tools menu), and in effect doing something more akin to Windows Registry editing (yucky). This seems like 9.10 took a step backwards. If this is supposed to be a GUI managed system (and most of it is), then the goal I think should be to work towards getting it 100%.

Maybe disabling automounting is considered beyond the average user, since it forces manual mounting. Ways around this could include:

1. Options for plugged in media to include a prompt to ask if mounting is desired, and including a read/only choice.

2. Experience level modes, which when set higher bring in more options, especially in administration. Just because someone is experienced in systems doesn't mean they always want to do everything in a command shell (but some might want it all that way, too).

FYI, I wanted read-only mode because I'm running into corruption issues with ext4 formatted memory sticks when going between 32 bit and 64 bit machines and between Slackware and Ubuntu. And from experience I know that sometimes, mounting read/write can make the issues worse (especially when a journal playback is involved). So I disabled automounting and will manually do "mount -r /{dev,mnt}/sdc1" as needed.

As a plus to configurable automounting, it would be nice to have alternatives to the configured global action for specific devices (by label or UUID), and for it to offer a menu of the labels/UUIDs for such configuring based on what is currently plugged in even if not mounted. Also having it not automount anything while that configuration app is open (but do prompt) to allow easier configuring of many devices, would be even better (IMHO).


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