automatically mounting physically attached media (was Re: Move from /media to /run/media/$USER)

Stijn Hoop stijn at
Wed Apr 18 08:23:57 UTC 2012


On Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:50:47 -0400
Jonathan Kamens <jik at> wrote:
> I am not talking about static mounts. I'm talking about if I have a 
> removable device inserted / plugged in / whatever, then when I log
> in, I should see it. This is what users expect. Period.
> Bugzillad:

The bug opened by Jonathan has been closed NOTABUG. I still think more
discussion is warranted though.

There are two issues being discussed in this thread:

1. "My scripts/environment will break now that media is no longer found
   in /media/MYFOO"

Here, I agree with the current Fedora 17 implementation, and I feel
that the short-term pain of migration said scripts/environments is
worth the long-term gain of having a really per-user mount. No
argument there, so let's drop it from this subthread.

2. "I have a plugged-in USB disk and I am at the physical console
   however I need to find the name of my USB disk in the folder list
   and click on it before I can use any files on it"

This is what I personally object to, and I suspect Jonathan does as

It is

a) inconsistent with other operating systems, at least Windows and Mac
   OS X.

b) inconsistent with previous Fedora releases

c) not by any means more secure for multi users since you need physical
   access to the machine to plug in a USB stick / insert a CD anyway

So what are the real reasons for behavioural aspect #2, and was this
design tested on users? Where is the rationale?



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