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My home server has an external USB drive connected. I prefer to keep it unmounted so I don't have to log in if I want to unplug it (for backup rotation).

But I'd also like to be able to browse it in Thunar from my laptop; I tend to do Ctrl+L and ssh://server/media/me/drive, it's very nice for copying pictures back and forth (which is not possible with ssh -X server thunar)

Is there a simple way to get Thunar, running locally, to make the server mount the drive?

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Maybe autofs can help you; help.ubuntu.com/community/Autofs –  qbi Jan 17 '13 at 20:10
    
seems like a possibility, but does it require a config entry per drive? how does it interact with regular local mounting? –  unhammer Jan 18 '13 at 11:51
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