Back in 13.04 I switched from using Unity to using a Gnome session with i3. My setup is a based on this one.

$ cat /usr/share/xsessions/gnome-i3.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=GNOME with i3
Comment=A GNOME fallback mode session using i3 as the window manager.
Exec=gnome-session --session=i3

$ cat /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/i3.session
[GNOME Session]

Back in 13.04, and also in 13.10, automounting worked just like in Unity. If I plugged in a removable drive (eg: a USB thumb drive) it'd mount at /media/$USER/$VOLUME_LABEL.

Under 14.04 this still works if I use Unity, but it no longer works in my preferred Gnome+i3 session.

If I start up nautilus (in a Gnome+i3 session) after plugging in a drive I can see the not-mounted drive in the left pane, but it has no eject button. It also does not show up in the output of df. If I then click on the drive, an eject button appears, and it will also appear in the output of df. So it seems that nautilus mounts volumes "on demand".

I've also found that I can run gvfs-mount -oi to see gvfs events as they happen, and when a drive is attached it generates a pair of events like this:

Drive connected:    'Lexar USB Flash Drive'
  Drive(0): Lexar USB Flash Drive
    Type: GProxyDrive (GProxyVolumeMonitorUDisks2)
     unix-device: '/dev/sdg'

Volume added:       'ALLMYDATAZ'
  Volume(0): ALLMYDATAZ
    Type: GProxyVolume (GProxyVolumeMonitorUDisks2)
     class: 'device'
     unix-device: '/dev/sdg1'
     uuid: 'BE64-1766'
     label: 'ALLMYDATAZ'
    themed icons:  ...
    symbolic themed icons:  ...

(Note the should_automount=1 bit, yet it still does not automount.)

I can then manually mount the drive with gvfs-mount -d /dev/sdg1.

So... is there some pre-existing tool that ties these together, mounting the unix-device of all "Volume added" events that have should_automount=1? That is, mounting removable volumes as they are added to the system?

Note that I am not looking for a way to have things mount at login or at system startup. I want them to mount when plugged in.

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Since this question didn't get any answers I went ahead and wrote gvfs-automount.

When running it will listen for "volume-added" events, and if the added volume has "should_automount" set, mounts it. It also generates a desktop notification when a volume is mounted.


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