I'm trying to stop my Ubuntu desktop from automatically mounting my iPhone when I connect it/plug it in. This causes my Vmware workstation to not mount the iphone for syncing.

I have used gconf-editor and disabled the automount option yet I'm still seeing my iPhone after reboot:

tim@Tim-on-Linux64:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 011: ID 05ac:1297 Apple, Inc.

Any help would be appreciated...


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So far the only way I've seen to not automount external devices is:

  1. Open up the terminal and type in:

  2. Scroll down to Nautilus -> Preferences -> Media Automount

  3. Uncheck the option for Media Automount

I tested after unchecking the Media Automount option without a system restart and it did not automatically mount my iPod but it was still listed under Places -> iPod and available for mounting which equals success.

I then un-mounted the iPod, restarted the system, and plugged my iPod back into the system. Once again it did not automatically mount and also once again was under Places -> iPod and available to be mounted.

I don't know if it is just a fluke or a bug you have but using gconf-editor worked for me so I'll suggest maybe you give it another shot?

  • I tried your suggestion again. No joy. Here is there error vmware is giving me:
    – TJ_IN_AK
    Jul 13, 2011 at 1:02
  • Uhm, you said it's giving you an error but you didn't display what that error is... Pastebin it?
    – zkriesse
    Jul 13, 2011 at 1:28

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