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I had my Linux Mint 19.1 installation put icons (links) to my filesystem and removable drives by right-clicking the Desktop, clicking Desktop Settings > Icons tab then checking Removable Devices in the Default Icons section. It shows removable devices, including the zfs mirrored pool volume I set up. But the zfs mirrored pool volume icon is greyed out and clicking it gives a 'Failed to mount: mount: /path/to/Volume_Name: operation permitted for root only' error.

But the volume is mounted and I can create, save, edit, and delete files by going through File Manager to /path/to/Volume_Name. Right-clicking the greyed out Volume_Name on the Desktop gives the context menu of Open; Mount Volume; and Properties - Properties is greyed out. Logging into the GUI as root doesn't make the Properties right-click context menu of the zfs pool volume icon on the Desktop accessible - it's still greyed out.

Is there any way to make the greyed out Volume_Name icon on the Desktop open the zfs pool volume?

  • My guess is that the desktop manager is confused about how to handle a mount that isn't associated with a partition, or something like that. This won't fix the non-functional drive icon showing up, but if you just want a shortcut to some directory in the ZFS pool, you could create a symlink on the desktop that would allow you to click through to your data. – Dan Jan 23 at 18:31

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