I use a persistent Ubuntu installation on a USB stick (16GB).
The purpose is to carry the USB flash instead of a netbook/laptop;
I usually find a laptop/pc handy close by to work with so this works great for mobility.
Now the problem context.
I shifted from Jaunty to Lucid short while back (a fresh-install, not an upgrade).
installed most of the packages I need from the Lucid repository.
For this I used my home computer.
Then (as usual) I returned to my laptop with the flash drive and started working with it there.
The exact problem.
A couple of things don't work randomly (sometimes they do, sometimes don't).
- I cannot mount other partitions visible on my Nautilus view.
- this includes local drives on my laptop and other USB drives
- I cannot shutdown Lucid.
- when I try from the panel, it returns to the login screen in a short while.
The two things happen together.
Yet, they don't happen always -- sometimes mounts and shutdown works fine on the laptop too.
They happen only on my laptop (where I did not install this Lucid) but never on the home computer (where I installed it).
When the problem occurs,
I get a "Not Authorized" to mount error when I try to mount the drives visible in Nautilus. But, I can "
sudo mount" them normally (I can also "
sudo shutdown" from a console terminal). So, I conclude that something with the gnome/nautilus ability is not working right on my laptop (sometimes). I looked at the '
auth.og' and other log files to identify what differed when things failed from when they were working -- but, to no clear indications.
I am also interested in understanding how Nautilus mounts drives from my user login.
It would help me decode what is missing in my path here.