If I would have known how much 'customization' it takes to get LXDE and its default file manager,
pcmanfm, just working, I would probably have never chosen to try it.
I've got a problem. Lots of people have it. All of these people report the same problem with
pcmanfm. The people in the forums have about half a dozen magic recipes that get it to work finally. But I want to know what's actually causing
pcmanfm not to work, because I want to increase my understanding of the way Linux works, not just follow someone's instructions.
I managed to fix this before. I ended up doing some sort of magic with an xml file. (Was it udisks? Was it
polkit-gnome? I don't know, but they're both on the list of magic recipes for solving this issue.) I changed every entry that said something to say something else. And finally, I could see my media. (I couldn't even mount it manually I should add.)
I fixed it before and... What happened? I used
apt-get, installed a new package (
udev, because I was trying to fix other mounting issues that it seems people stopped having when
hal became deprecated), and bang, the problem's back.
So, I must like torment, because it's certainly in the cards.
This is not an easy answer question. If you didn't click any of the links above, you won't be able to tell what I'm talking about.
My question is, what's at the bottom of this? At a real, bare bones, we built these systems on top of Unix and sometimes they don't work as well as the original Unix level?