So I’ve been playing around with WMII for a while now, soaking in the glory of tiling window managers. One thing that’s a bit inconvienient is easy automounting. I don’t want to have to manually create a directory in /media and mount each and every teeny-tiny usb drive I might plug into my system.
Turns out that recently the Ubuntu/Gnome folks have decided that Nautilus will be handling the automounting of drives and such instead of the gnome-volume-manager. This is all well and good if you’re using nautilus, but for console-junkies it’s not so helpful.
The gnome-volume-manager package in the repo is compiled with the “—disable-automount” configure option, so to enable it we have to recompile:
First make sure you have all the required libraries to build:
sudo aptitude build-dep gnome-volume-manager
Then download the source:
apt-get source gnome-volume-manager
./configure --enable-automount --disable-dependency-tracking
build and install:
sudo make install
Then just add
/usr/local/libexec/gnome-volume-manager --sm-disable to your startup script and you should be up and running.
Don’t forget to use
gnome-volume-properties to configure the volume manager to actually automount.