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

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed Apr 18 17:06:36 UTC 2012

On Wed, 2012-04-18 at 12:15 -0400, Jonathan Kamens wrote:
> OK, so I took a look at the GNOME "Disks" utility, which I was finally
> able to get to run without crashing, and as far as I can tell, it
> doesn't resolve my main complaint with the new F17 behavior.
> Yes, I can use the Disks utility to configure removable devices, e.g.,
> my DVD drive, to mount on startup. But then it isn't going to mount
> in /run/media/$USER, because there's no user logged in yet.
> My concern, which I've explained repeatedly and I believe is quite
> legitimate despite all of the flak I've taken for it here, is that the
> behavior of a removable device that is already inserted when I log in
> should be exactly the same as the behavior of a removable device that
> I insert after logging in. As far as I can tell the Disks utility
> can't achieve that. If I'm wrong, please explain to me exactly how I
> should configure, e.g., my DVD drive in the Disks utility so that if
> there's a DVD in the drive when I log in, it will be mounted
> under /run/media/$USER automatically.
> (And, while you're at it, explain to me why this shouldn't be the
> default behavior, which I've yet to see anyone here explain, as far as
> I recall.)

If you set a specific mount location for a device in that tool - i.e. in
fstab - it will be used even if the device is connected after login.
Adam Williamson
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