Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 476586
Automatic media mounting causes havoc in gparted
Last modified: 2015-03-03 17:33:40 EST
Allowing Nautilus to automatically mount storage media is a nice convenience but it causes havoc if you try adding, removing and resizing partitions in gparted. Even if you carefully unmount every partition before running gparted, as soon as gparted does anything to the partition table, Nautilus leaps in and mounts them again before gparted has a chance to continue its work.
Setting the media_automount preference to false disables this behavior but there is no way to do it via System > Preferences > Personal > File Management (Media tab) where one would expect to find such an option.
A workaround is to run
gconftool-2 -s -t bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount false
but this is not exactly user-friendly.
Ideally there would be a way for gparted to temporarily prevent hal from discovering partitions while it's manipulating them but at least it ought to tell the user how to do so manually.
Fixing bug 468953 would address the gparted nightmare in particular, but there still ought to be a GUI for turning off automatic media mounting.
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