Bug 476586 - Automatic media mounting causes havoc in gparted
Automatic media mounting causes havoc in gparted
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nautilus (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tomáš Bžatek
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Reported: 2008-12-15 18:00 EST by Ed Swierk
Modified: 2015-03-03 17:33 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 02:18:07 EST
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Description Ed Swierk 2008-12-15 18:00:35 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.
Comment 1 Ed Swierk 2008-12-22 17:30:22 EST
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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