So I was trying to install VLC through the command line, as I did with other distros. After installation I found that I can only access my linux partition/s, but not the other partitions/drives(when I choose to open a directory my other partitions aren't even there!). The same problem is with SMPlyaer.

A little digging showed me that I've might've installed the snap version, but that isn't the case either.

I tried installing from the software center, but to no avail...

There's a snap version on the software center, and another version that's not obviously a snap version. I tried both of them...

I installed and used Ubuntu a long time ago, it was my intro into Linux, ans I was perfectly able to install and play with VLC without any problem. I didn't have this type of problem on Mint or Manjaro either...

So what's going on here?

Here' what I have when I try to open a file on SMPlayer, it's the same case when I'm using VLC:

"Choose a file tab on SMPlayer"

As you can see I only have my root partition there for selection, not any other partitions(Windows NTFS partitions...)

  • it's probable that the other partitions you hoped to see were not yet mounted. – guiverc Sep 18 '17 at 10:24
  • are the other partitions mounted? – ravery Sep 18 '17 at 10:24

In the screenshot, only your root partition is shown. This is normal, as a lot of the applications present this exact screen when asked to select files as well.

Now, this might solve your problem:

  1. Make sure you have the partitions mounted through Nautilus or other applications you would like to use.

  2. Enter the folder /media/sakib. In there it should show the list of partition you mounted.

In the following screenshot you can see that my partitions are mounted in /run/media/cynplytholowazy/, and once you enter the folder you will see the list of partitions you have mounted. (It's probably in your /media/sakib folder)

Folder list view

  • That worked!! My question sounds so trivial and stupid now! I should've tried what you just said- on Manjaro KDE this same thing happed, but there I had my partitions listed on the left, but when I mounted them from VLC, they showed up in /media/sakib; that just didn't click in my head here in this case! Thanks a lot! – Apollonius Sep 18 '17 at 12:31
  • No problem, many people just didn't realize that it can be done through checking /media/(user) as well. – Cynplytholowazy Sep 18 '17 at 12:32

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