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I have a partition on my Ubuntu installation that is named 'Media' at the second position. It comes in as /dev/sda2. Now when it mounts, starting I think with Ubuntu 10.10, I get TWO directories in /media when it mounts:

/media/Media (owned by root, nothing in it) /media/Media_ (owned by my normal user with all the contents in it) This is not the way that I remember it happening before Ubuntu 10.10.

Other drives, external via USB, only have one directory made in /media.

In all cases, (all) the directory(ies) is (are) removed by GTK/Nautilus, et.al. when unmounted.

Is this normal? Is it a bug I should report? I'm working on a backup script, and I want to know the correcty behavior. Mabye this is something to do with the fact that it's a non root(filesystem) but an internal drive?

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  • Hmmmmm, I could have SWORN I looked there first, but now I see that there was already a directory called '/dev/Mount' and that instead of mounting to that, Ubuntu created '/dev/Media_', but still called it Media in Nautilus. As I recall, that is non standard behaviour. 'mount' would have just mounted over it and the previous contents would disappear until the drive was 'umount'ed. Now I have to redo all my libraries that I had for my media players. – Dennis Jul 7 '11 at 6:52
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Nautilus automount to /media/$label, when partition has a label and /media/$label do not exist. If it exsists, Nautilus choose the alternative /media/$label_ . Then the mount point is removed when you unmount.

The fact that you have both is due probably to a /media/$label not removed for some reasons. Solution:

  • unmount the partition
  • remove the path /media/$label

Now when you mount the partition again, the correct path should be used.

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  • That's what I did and it worked great. Didn't know about the Ubuntu behavior. It's not the standard 'mount' behavior, but the Ubuntu/Nautilus behavior. – Dennis Jul 7 '11 at 18:38
  • @Dennis: it works? If so, it would be nice if you at least upvote me. – enzotib Jul 7 '11 at 19:39
  • Well, I checked before I ever saw your answer, sorry. It never occurred to me to upvote anyway. :-( I'm sitll learning the ropes on this awesome site. Consider yourself now upvoted. – Dennis Jul 8 '11 at 5:12
  • The other wierd thing is that I have a 21 reputation on stack overflow, but only got 1 when my question was transferred to here. So I can't upvote you. Sorry. – Dennis Jul 8 '11 at 5:13

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