Strange usb-mount behaviour - SOLVED

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Thu May 14 14:00:50 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-05-14 at 10:55 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Thursday 14 May 2009 00:00:09 Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > On Wed, 2009-05-13 at 22:01 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > I'd somehow lost Dolphin from the Default Applications list.
> >
> > That would do it :-)
> >
> > OT: I find it frustrating that KDE always asks me what to do when I plug
> > in my pendrive. There doesn't seem to be an option to set a default
> > action. It takes two mouse clicks to open Dolphin, not counting the
> > initial one to get to the dialogue (Dolphin isn't even the preselected
> > option despite being touted as the all-purpose file handling app).
> >
> I think the action options were well-liked in the past, so probably are here 
> to stay.  OTOH, I agree that it would be very useful to be able to set a 
> default action, so that Enter or clicking OK would be enough.  Otherwise, 
> setting dolphin to the top of the list would be an improvement.  That's my 
> opinion, anyway :-)


> > And in the same vein, I'd also like to be able to simply mount the drive
> > without opening any app. That doesn't appear to be possible either.
> >
> Hmm - that needs some thinking about.  When would you want to do that?  To 
> save a file to it, perhaps?


> I opened a .jpg in gwenview, inserted a pen-drive without mounting it, then, 
> in gwenview clicked File > Save As.  I could see the pendrive in Places, so I 
> double-clicked it and it mounted.  The save completed.  Does that help?

In some cases, yes.

> What else did you have in mind?

As Brian Kernighan once said, the problem with
What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get is that it turns out to be
What-You-See-Is-ALL-You-Get. The classic case is "copy all files with
'foo' in their names". Most GUIs can't handle that, but this is the kind
of thing the Shell is good at. OTOH mounting the pendrive in a known
place is trivial for the GUI to handle and is easier than typing in the
Shell, but currently it forces me to open a Dolphin session that I'm not
going to use. It would be useful to be able to tell KDE to remember this
pendrive and just mount it on insertion with no mousing around.

> > I'll report these to BZ if necessary but I just wanted to check that I'm
> > not missing something obvious.
> >
> File an RFE for action options and post the number here.  If we can't solve 
> the other problem we'll file one for that as well.


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