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Now that I am using XMonad I find that my USB devices no longer automount when I plug them into my computer. How do I get them to automount again just like they did when I was using gnome?

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I'd recommend one of the udisks-based solutions. uam seems to do the job without too much configuration. udisks-glue is also decent for scripting.

This is just simple tool for mounting pendrives and alikes when inserted -- something like ivman or functionality integrated in KDE/GNOME.

udiskie is a simple daemon that uses udisks to automatically mount removable storage devices.

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Your option is a good one but I marked mine as the answer because it was simpler. (It was a one liner) Yours is probably better memory wise though, probably a little less top heavy. I still gave you an upvote. – Robert Massaioli May 4 '11 at 23:07
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The way that I have solved that problem is to use nautilus running the the background to continue to manage that for me. You can do that like so:

nautilus --no-desktop -n &

If you happen to start XMonad using a custom .xsession file then that would be the perfect place to put that line. Make sure you put it before the 'exec xmonad' command.

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On Arch Linux ldm works quite well with plain XMonad.

Disks will automatically mount to /media. Disks may be unmounted with sudo pumount or sudo umount.


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I could not get the nautilus option mentioned on this page to work. – nwhsvc Sep 4 '12 at 20:05

I think you are better off with udisks. It comes installed by default (at least on Ubuntu) and handles the standard mounting and unmounting like a charm. You can read all about it here -

Btw as the documentation says, udisks is not gnome specific.

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