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#1 2010-07-15 17:34:25

azertyh
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From: dago
Registered: 2010-07-13
Posts: 16

can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

hi,

in a xfce session, i got this message when i right-click to umount a pendrive or a camera or an external hard disk insert to usb port. i must umount them in terminal.

however, in gnome session, the right-click works and the pendrive can be umounted.

of course, i have never mounted them manually. and when mounted, i can copy or delete a file.

i have ubuntu 10.04 but i installed xfce 4.6.1, just the windows manager and not the xubuntu desktop.

any ideas to solve my little problem?

thanks.

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#2 2010-07-21 16:42:09

etnlWings
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Registered: 2007-10-30
Posts: 218

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

I'm guessing it's a quirk that's arisen from either missing packages (make sure you have thunar-volman and hal installed), or a conflict between having HAL (what Xfce still uses) and udisks (the new Gnome hotness for managing drives) both running. It shouldn't be a policykit/user permissions error.

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#3 2010-07-21 18:03:09

azertyh
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From: dago
Registered: 2010-07-13
Posts: 16

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

thanks for your reply.
i checked, i have the thunar-volman. how can i check that i have hal?

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#4 2010-07-22 00:51:21

the98
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Registered: 2009-11-10
Posts: 58

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

What's your distro? Hal is package, and I've had conflict with package halevt. if you uninstall halevt, the problem is fixed.

There might be a conflict between hal, thunar-volman and udisks or gnome-volume-manager.

Good luck.

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#5 2010-07-22 05:04:31

etnlWings
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Registered: 2007-10-30
Posts: 218

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

azertyh wrote:

thanks for your reply.
i checked, i have the thunar-volman. how can i check that i have hal?

$ aptitude search hal

It'll have a little "i" before the search result, indicating that it's installed. Or just use the search functionality in Synaptic. Of course you've got hal, as you can't install thunar-volman without it.

You want to be careful but you might try uninstalling gio and/or udisks. By careful, I mean: if it asks you to uninstall half of your desktop, hit cancel.

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#6 2010-07-22 18:21:51

azertyh
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From: dago
Registered: 2010-07-13
Posts: 16

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

i notice that on xfce session, i have thunar (it's normal) and nautilus (why?).
as you said, perhaps a conflict would be the reason.
however, i find a solution to not umount in a terminal the usb : in nautilus, the right-click works.

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#7 2010-07-23 10:15:09

etnlWings
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Registered: 2007-10-30
Posts: 218

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

That could quite possibly be the problem. Use a system monitor to make sure nautilus isn't running, then logout, saving your session on the way out.

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#8 2010-08-05 10:35:12

maniat1k
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From: Montevideo Uruguay
Registered: 2010-06-06
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Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

This is the screenshot (sorry it's in spanish) this happens when I try to unmount it with right-clik
capturadepantalla.png

I have the same problem....

But when I try this: umount /dev/sdc1

This happens: /sbin/umount.hal: Unmounting /dev/sdc1 failed: org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Volume.UnknownFailure: Cannot remove directory

I had nautilus, because I thought that was the solution, then remove it. ... Any idea?

PS very sorry for my rusty English


@maniat1k

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#9 2010-08-05 14:21:35

the98
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Registered: 2009-11-10
Posts: 58

Re: can't umount pendrive or external hard disk by right-clicking their icon

You can't remove a file located in /dev.

The pendrives are mounted in a directory like /media or /mnt. You should check in /media if there is directory that is created when you insert the drive.

Good luck.

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