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I run XFCE4 on Ubuntu 11.10.

When I plug in a USB memory stick, I get two new windows popping up, both showing the contents of the memory stick. One is Thunar (which I want) and one is nautilus (which I don't).

Before I plug in the stick, nautilus isn't running at all. Something is spawning it, but I don't know what, or how to stop it.

This is what the Nautilus->Edit->Preferences dialog looks like. There's no Media tab:

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On Ubuntu 12.04, You can follow this procedure:

  • First install dconf-tools by the command sudo apt-get install dconf-tools.
  • Then open the dconf-editor by pressing Alt-F2 and typing dconf-editor.
  • In the dconf-editor window, go to the following steps:

    org -> gnome -> desktop -> media-handling 

    then uncheck automount_open options

  • Exit dconf-editor.

Source: This page on Ubuntu forums

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu, though the link can answer the question, It is preferable to include the details here – Anwar Shah Jun 28 '12 at 12:03
in dconf-editor for me, there is no media-handling option, and I can't find automount_open anywhere. – Benubird Dec 11 '12 at 9:15
if you dont want to install new software , you can use the command gsettings set automount false – vanjoe Feb 25 '14 at 20:19

If you are not using nautilus in xfce, you can remove nautilus from synaptic.

Else, open

Nautilus ->Edit ->Preferences-> Media

and set every option to "Do Nothing" and

Check the option "Never prompt or start programs on media insertion"

Uncheck "Browse media when Inserted"

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I don't think removing nautilus is a good idea, because I think that will stop it working for the other people who use the computer. I tried uncheckinging that option, but couldn't find it. I added a screenshot of the Preferences window to my question - there's no Media tab. – Chris Moore Mar 19 '12 at 3:57
As you can see from the screenshot in the question, there is no media tab in preferences. – Benubird Dec 11 '12 at 9:15

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