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    Default How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    Greetings All,

    Under Suse 11.1 & KDE 3.5, when a CD was inserted, the disk was automatically mounted at /media/cd-label.

    With 11.2 & KDE 4, I get a pop-up from the task bar, from which I must select the CD, and then select the Open With File Manager option. Then (and only then) is the CD mounted at /media/cd-label.

    Is there a setting that I can change that will eliminate the requirement for all the mouse clicks and just have a CD automatically mounted when it is inserted?


    Thanx in advance.

    Rich

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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    You mean you want kde4 to behave like kde3 does in 11.1?

    Not that I'm aware of
    it might be possible with some jiggery pokery
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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    I remember an old thread involving a similar discussion:

    Automounting in 11/KDE4 - Page 3 - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    IMHO it is clear that the behaviour of system/DE is not clearly documented for us mere users (or at least nobody of us could find it). Personaly I would love to know how it (should) function, because I then can update SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE.

    Some of my observations reading several threads here.

    It is no longer HAL (or at least not HAL alone) that is involved, but DeviceKit.

    The fact that the mounting (of CDs, DVDs, USB storage devices) is no longer done at connection, but following an action of the end-user may be a way to avoid the problem that HAL mounted for an arbritrary loged in user session (at least I could not find out which logic is used to make the choice between the loged in sessions). I did not test the new situation (still in the conversion phase to 11.2/KDE 4), but I it looks as if in the new situation the user that acts first, will get it mounted on his behalf (that means his uid is used as owner for the mountpoint and also for the contents if it is not a Lunix fs type).

    To put it in other words:
    In the old situation the device was mounted ready to be used by one of the loged in users without any further action needed by any user.
    In the new situation the device is offered to all loged in users, and the user who acts first gets it (TO BE PROVEN!).

    For those who always have one user loged in at the time (which is a case that may not be typical for a Unix/Linux like system, but in reality very often on laptop and even desktop systems) this might not be an improvement because of the exttra clicks needed.

    For others it might be an improvment. Take the case of the loged in, but locked Father session (fathrte walked away), the also loged in and unlocked Mother session (also walked away), where the Daughter logs in and puts in a CD. In the old situation she saw nothing happening (because the pop-up was in one of the two other sessions). In the new situation she would get the notification and being the only one around would act and get it!

    But in case of remote logins, this is still not ideal (be carefull with what you connect!).

    Anybody who can point to more documentation?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    There's a replacement plasmoid for the standard KDE4 disk one that does that. I'm not sure what it's called, but if you search on the opensuse software page for "mount", it should show up.
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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by growbag View Post
    There's a replacement plasmoid for the standard KDE4 disk one that does that. I'm not sure what it's called, but if you search on the opensuse software page for "mount", it should show up.
    What do you mean by "the standard KDE4 disk one"? The "device notifier"?

    Do you mean this one:
    Results from http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...SE_11.2_KDE_43
    device-automounter (svn1013818)
    Automounting in KDE4
    ?
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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    From the comments it sounds like the "auto" has been taken out of automount.

    I guess the easiest thing to do is to remove the annoying 'noid' and mount CDs manually from a command window. Seems like less work..

    This is progress?


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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    For me, it's much better this way. Just my opinion mind you
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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    I'm with Henk on this one. The interaction between the DE,DeviceKit, and HAL, needs to be better documented. The notification and mounting behaviour needs to be configurable to cope properly with different types of user situations.

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    Default Re: How to adjust CD mounting behavior

    But it is configurable...

    - Add the devicemanager-widget (for example to your taskbar)

    - Rightclick it and choose the settings-dialogue

    - Tick "Automount the devices"

    Edit: Almost forgot - this option is not provided by the default device-manager, the package 'plasmoid-devicemanager' needs to be installed first.

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