[kde-freebsd] Re: Problems with automounting USB stick

Jason E. Hale bsdkaffee at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 10:42:50 CET 2011

On Sunday, February 20, 2011 04:01:05 Christian Gusenbauer wrote:
> Hi!
> I've a problem automounting an USB stick on KDE 4.5.5 and current. At the
> very first time after booting the machine, I can insert the USB stick and
> the stick will be automounted without problems. But if I unmount it using
> the eject button and remove the stick, it will not be automounted again if
> I reinsert it
> :-(.
> After reinserting the stick, I get a
> Error: org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy:
> org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed auth_admin_keep_always <-- (action,
> result)
> It's funny, because HAL thinks that it's a 'mount-fixed' device and not a
> 'mount-removeable' one (which HAL reports at the very first time).
> So what's wrong with HAL or my setup? How can I track down that problem or
> is it already a well-known one?
> Thanks,
> Christian.


I can't explain why HAL would think your USB stick is removable at one point 
and then think it is fixed later on, but I do have a USB hard drive that HAL 
also thinks is a fixed disk.  Here's how I deal with it:

Here is what my /usr/local/etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf looks like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!-- -*- XML -*- -->

<!DOCTYPE pkconfig PUBLIC "-//freedesktop//DTD PolicyKit Configuration 

<!-- See the manual page PolicyKit.conf(5) for file format -->

<config version="0.1">
    <match user="root">
        <return result="yes"/>
    <define_admin_auth group="wheel"/>

    <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-removable">
      <match user="username">
        <return result="yes"/>

    <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed">
      <match user="username">
        <return result="yes"/>

The <match user="username"> sections can be omitted if all users are allowed 
to mount devices.

I have also been able to mount my drive without the
<match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed"> section by adding the 
following line to /usr/local/etc/hal/fdi/policy/preferences.fdi:
<merge key="volume.ignore" type="bool">false</merge>



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