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A little while ago my usb drives stopped auto mounting. It might have been after an update but not sure where to look.

I have been manually mounting them as root and that is a pain. Is there maybe even something better that I can have more control over the mounting? I would like a small program that would let me mount and unmount drives with one click to a folder in /mnt/(device name) with user read/write permissions.

Udev is kind of a gray area/black magic to me. I have tried 100 times to figure it out but I can't help but think there should be a much simpler way. Such as in Puppy Linux how you can open the mount menu and mount/unmount each device. Though every thing in Puppy runs as root so it is easier.

I am running Gentoo on AMD64 (amdfam10).

One side question, How can you tell which /dev/... files are currently representing actual devices?

Here is the last 30 lines fresh after plugging in a usb drive

Jun 26 15:19:41 core dbus[9204]: [system] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit' (using servicehelper)
Jun 26 15:20:06 core dbus[9204]: [system] Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit': timed out
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First place to look is /var/log/messages. Are there any messages related to your automount-tries? –  Nils Jun 26 '12 at 20:10
    
Look through /dev/disk for more human readable entries with symlinks to actual device nodes. –  lkraav Jun 26 '12 at 22:26
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Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit': timed out, how did you started XFCE4 ? –  warl0ck Jun 27 '12 at 5:23
    
I start it using GDM kinda the same smiler as ubuntu karmic cola. –  Joe Jun 27 '12 at 22:19
    
started using XDM not GDM –  Joe Jun 28 '12 at 7:48

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