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“The location is not a folder” error when opening files

I'm having issue with latest Ubuntu 12.10. Let me make it more clear.

I'm having the following partitions in my Laptop.

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048    39997439    19997696   83  Linux 
/dev/sda2   *    40001850    81947564    20972857+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3        81947565   123877214    20964825   83  Linux
/dev/sda4       123887614   976773119   426442753    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       123887616   333602815   104857600   83  Linux
/dev/sda6       333604864   543320063   104857600   83  Linux
/dev/sda7       543322112   753037311   104857600   83  Linux
/dev/sda8       753039360   976773119   111866880   83  Linux

I have also two users named "ms" and abc. Here ms is for administrative tasks and abc for my friends. When I mount any drive under "abc" user, I cannot access it under my other user "ms". Same as in the case with "ms" user. I found possible reason behind the issue. When I mount any drive under "abc" user, Ubuntu will try to mount it under "/media/abc/volume_name" instead of "/media/volume_name" . Same as in the case with "ms" user.

# df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1        19G   11G  7.5G  59% /
udev            1.5G  4.0K  1.5G   1% /dev
tmpfs           599M  896K  598M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            1.5G  620K  1.5G   1% /run/shm
none            100M   92K  100M   1% /run/user
/dev/sda2        20G  172M   19G   1% /media/abc/TEST
/dev/sdb1       466G  353G  114G  76% /media/abc/F088F74288F7063E
/dev/sdb2       466G  318G  148G  69% /media/abc/New Volume
/dev/sda5        99G   94G  323M 100% /media/abc/Songs
/dev/sda6        99G   31G   63G  34% /media/ms/Films

Here, you can see that "TEST" was mounted under "/media/abc/TEST". When I try to access the already mounted partition named '/media/abc/TEST" in my "ms" session I'm getting the following error.

Please check the image for error message

How to fix this error? Is it a bug? Is there any way to fix this without modifying the underlying file-system structure?


I found a possible workaround. Try to chmod 775 /media/user/ will fix the issue. Ie:

Normally, in Ubuntu 12.10 it will try to mount volumes in the following format.

drwx------ root root /media/user

This is the reason why you are not able to browse the volumes under different user. So, please try to change the permission to "chmod 775 /media/user".

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the only workaround i found for now is using gksudo nautilus, this way i can access my partitions

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  • Please note that if you're going to run Nautilus as root, it is preferable to use gksu nautilus or gksudo nautilus and not sudo nautilus, for the reasons explained here. – Eliah Kagan Oct 21 '12 at 20:32

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