I want to set the 'automount' key, for the ‘media-handling’ schema, to ‘false’, for all users on a single desktop machine.

I can do this individually, i.e. one user at a time, by using gsettings whilst logged-in as the specific user:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false

To do this for each individual account, however, is somewhat arduous. I would like to set the same key to ‘false’ in a global fashion, so that the desired behaviour is observed globally, across all user accounts.

Using locate media-handling I have located the following ‘xml’ file:


The file contains the following:

<schemalist gettext-domain="gsettings-desktop-schemas">
  <schema id="org.gnome.desktop.media-handling" path="/org/gnome/desktop/media-handling/">
    <key name="automount" type="b">
      <summary>Whether to automatically mount media</summary>
      <description>If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically mount media such as user-visible hard disks and removable media on start-up and media insertion.</description>

I understood the files located here to be universal/global, and that any changes to these files, would affect all users globally. However, setting the value here to ‘false’ as no observable effect.

I have also found this answer and created the equivalent ‘override’ file:

/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas$ ls | grep media-handling

..with the content:


I ran sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/ as instructed in the given answer, however there has been no observable effect. Why is this, assuming the given solution is correct?

How do I set the 'automount' key to ‘false’, in such a manner that it configures all user accounts? Once this is achieved, how do I prevent individual users from configuring their own account differently to the global rule?

Secondly, how does the system use the file /usr/share/glib-2.0/org.gnome.desktop.media-handling.gschema.xml, as my understanding would lead me to think it alters all user accounts, given its location in ….share/glib-2.0.. , however this is not the case?

(Ubuntu 16.04)

  • org.gnome.desktop.media-handling.gschema.override.xml the man page says this should be nn_*.gschema.override where nn are digits to indicate precedence. Also try glib-compile-schemas with the --dry-run switch which should report errors. – pbhj May 17 '18 at 21:09
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    @pbhj thank you. You are right. However, I have altered this as appropriate and it has not affected any changes; - - dry - run does not return anything. I'm at a complete loss. – Andrew Hardiman May 19 '18 at 15:33

Do not get me wrong, but I think that here exists simpler way than editing XML-files.

You can use dconf-based profiles.
I have read about it in RedHat documentation:

Below is rough example for your problem:

sudo mkdir -p /etc/dconf/profile

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/dconf/profile/user

sudo mkdir -p /etc/dconf/db/local.d

cat <<EOF | sudo tee  /etc/dconf/db/local.d/00-my

sudo dconf update
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    thank you for your answer. However, this still does not work for me. /etc/dconf/profile contains the file ibus. This is a text file consisting of the following: user-db:user \ system-db:ibus. I have therefore created the following file in /etc/dconf/db/ibus.d/01-upstream-settings. The file contains the following: [org/gnome/desktop/media-handling] \ automount=false. I then run sudo dconf update but to no avail. Any ideas? – Andrew Hardiman May 18 '18 at 19:42

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