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List all the local partitions to the nautilus "Computer" place and make possible for an user to mount them.


At the moment there is no GUI method of mounting non-removable hard disk partitions.

Use cases

  • Michael has a multi-boot system with Windows and Ubuntu installed. He's using Ubuntu at the moment but needs a document stored on his Windows partition.


The changes apply to the Ubuntu desktop. When the GnomeMount specification is implemented, so that gnome-mount is available for Xubuntu, this will automatically apply to the XFCE desktop as well.


  • Show mountable hard disk partitions in the computer:// place.
  • If the user attempts to mount a nonremovable volume, mount it through gksudo.


  • Change hal to stop setting the volume.ignore property for the local partitions with a sensible file system.
  • Make hal set volume.ignore for the fstab "auto" partitions (this cannot be done with a simple FDI rule, but requires a code patch).
  • Make gnome-mount call itself through gksu when hal does not allow the current user to mount the specified volume.

Possible future improvements

Having a way for the user to ignore and mask some partitions would be nice. That would require to modify gnome-vfs and nautilus to add the corresponding options and to store those settings to gconf. Most of users probably don't need that feature though, it's not a part of the specification then.


Lots of windows talk here. Which filesystem types does this apply to? Does it work with random OS X, Mac OS 9, Linux, BSD filesystems? -- Engla

Pitti: Yes, this of course applies to any file system Linux can handle.

Hi, in Kubuntu this patch makes fstab mounted partitions inaccessable through media:/ and taking them from fstab does not help either as it does not launch a dialogue to mount them --FFIXXX


  • Find or create a hard disk partition that is not mentioned in /etc/fstab, make sure it has a sensible file system. If you just created it, you need to reboot the computer.

  • The partition should appear in the usual places for media (desktop icon, Computer place, diskmounter applet.
  • If you mount the partition using one of these icons, gksu should ask you for your password and mount it to /media/label.


MountAllLocalFilesystems (last edited 2008-08-06 16:31:05 by localhost)