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I can only run the mount command with superuser privileges.

How can Nautilus do the same with normal access? How do things work inside?

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It depends on what it is you're trying to mount, but if memory servers anything that is listed in /etc/fstab can be mounted by anyone. This is so that sdcards and cds can be mounted.

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I'm using ubuntu. I couldn't find any file that named /etc/mount – Hieu M. Nguyen Nov 5 '11 at 15:55
    
Sorry, my mistake. I've edited my post. It's /etc/fstab not /etc/mount – Matthew Steeples Nov 6 '11 at 17:23

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