How do I keep CD/USB automounting (works fine) BUT without auto-opening in Nautilus?

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From inside Nautilus: Edit > Preferences > Media

Here you can change behavior for recognized media types (CD, Music Player, Photos, etc.) and unrecognized ("Browse media when inserted" option).


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    That the UI way to change /apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount_open, right? Aug 17, 2010 at 12:56
  • @RolandTaylor: I actually fixed the problem with dustyprogrammer's link. Both solutions do the same in the end. Jun 6, 2011 at 0:00

System->Preferences->Removable Drives (only in Ubuntu version 9.04 and below)

There should be setting there to chose what happens when removable media is inserted.

  • I don't see that option in my menu... should I dpkg-reconfigure something? OR do you know how to get to that screen manually (alt-f2)? Aug 17, 2010 at 2:35
  • @diego I am not on my ubuntu box. the option is there. let me get you a link I have modified my answer with a link.
    – myusuf3
    Aug 17, 2010 at 3:40
  • Excellent link, that'll probably do! Aug 17, 2010 at 4:00
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    "Removable Drives and Media" was removed from System > Preferences starting with 9.10.
    – Roger Pate
    Aug 17, 2010 at 6:00

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