Permission to mount denied by Policy. What Policy?

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at
Mon Aug 24 07:57:45 BST 2009

Nikos Chantziaras posted on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 23:09:03 +0300 as excerpted:

> On 08/23/2009 11:03 PM, Richard Dawson wrote:
>> I'm a little confused. When the "volumes" showed up in the left panel
>> of Dolphin, were they not mounted?  My usb drive shows up there, and it
>> is mounted.
> They get mounted when you click on them.

... Which explains why you had the policy errors when you clicked on 
them.  They were shown, but the attempt to mount was only after you (OP) 
clicked on them, and the policy wanted you to be root to do that, thus 
the error.

FWIW, I tend to view with suspicion any automatic mounting, etc.  If I 
want it mounted, I'll **** well /tell/ the system I want it mounted.  As 
such, I'm not too fond of all this new fangled HAL stuff, especially when 
it tries to automount CDs elsewhere than the fstab config says they 
should be mounted, thus interfering with k3b's disk verification step, 
the problem I had a year or so ago.  If it would have just left the **** 
thing alone and let the normal fstab, etc configuration do its thing, 
everything would have been fine, but no, hal had to get in the middle of 
things and screw things up!

But of course, I'm running Gentoo, and have been running Linux since just 
passed the turn of the century (2001), so am used to doing it manually 
from way back then.  I thus suppose it's someone natural that I'd view 
the newcomer that's trying to interfere with the "proper" functioning of 
things with a bit of suspicion.  Newbie Ubuntu users and etc, fresh from 
MSWormOS, where such things are normally handled automatically -- with an 
autorun that will "helpfully" install a virus or rootkit (rf: the Sony 
rootkit fiasco) if the disk is setup that way -- will no doubt have a 
rather different perspective, and appreciate the automatic handling that 
I view with suspicion -- for good reason, given the problems it has 
caused on MSWormOS.  But to each his own, as they say...  Just keep that 
stuff away from me (tho I /did/ just recently configure xorg for input 
hotplugging based on hal -- but keyboards and mice don't tend to be 
malware carriers and give the machine viruses, etc -- tho of course the 
behavior of the users behind those keyboards and mice just might do so!).

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