I am trying to get fstab option x-gvfs-show to work as expected on my default installation of Debian/buster/amd64. I did stumble upon:

but it does not seems to be working for me.

I did experiment with a remote CIFS network drive and can go from:

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Simply adding in /etc/fstab the following line:

$ tail -1 /etc/fstab
//freebox_server/freebox /media/freebox cifs rw,uid=1000,gid=1000,guest,defaults,noauto,x-systemd.automount,x-systemd.mount-timeout=30,_netdev,nobrl,iocharset=utf8,vers=1.0 0 2

If now I try with a second hard drive the same trick to mount disk under /media, I can neither get the following to work:

/dev/disk/by-uuid/4c0ec08d-da8b-4ea0-9d9d-2bc5ceb1fb66 /media/backup ext4 nosuid,nodev,nofail,noatime 0 2


/dev/disk/by-uuid/4c0ec08d-da8b-4ea0-9d9d-2bc5ceb1fb66 /media/backup ext4 nosuid,nodev,nofail,noatime,x-systemd.automount,x-gvfs-show 0 2

What am I missing ? For reference:

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Option 1:

Navigate to the target mount point, and bookmark it. Possibly not what you had initially in mind, but it works. Source: https://askubuntu.com/a/1036779/226614


  1. Did you reboot your system since implementing changes?
  2. Is your drive mounted?
  3. There is a related bug. What is you Gnome version? System/kernel? Many of these issues vary from version to version, so it is best if you post more details.


  1. https://askubuntu.com/questions/1036773/nautilus-not-showing-mounted-drives-in-side-bar
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/linux4noobs/comments/cz8mbk/how_do_i_make_nautilus_show_mounted_drives_in_the/eza6r56/
  • Indeed the bookmark operation is close to what I had in mind. I did all of the above (reboot dance...). Since my x-gvfs-show is listed in /etc/fstab I believe this is different from the bug you referenced.
    – malat
    Dec 27 '20 at 20:15
  • Note #3 is about mount(s) that are not listed in /etrc/fstab. Mine is listed in /etc/fstab.
    – malat
    Dec 31 '20 at 10:05
  • Did you see my updated answer ? With the screenshot ? (I followed instructions from here)
    – malat
    Dec 31 '20 at 12:47

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