I have edited /etc/hal/fdi/policy/prefrences.fdi

<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="storage.policy.should_mount" bool="true">
      <merge key="storage.policy.should_mount" type="bool">false</merge>
    <match key="storage.automount_enabled_hint" bool="true">
      <merge key="storage.automount_enabled_hint" type="bool">false</merge>
    <match key="storage.media_check_enabled" bool="true">
      <merge key="storage.media_check_enabled" type="bool">false</merge>
    <match key="volume.policy.should_mount" bool="true">
      <merge key="volume.policy.should_mount" type="bool">false</merge>
    <match key="volume.ignore" bool="false">
      <merge key="volume.ignore" type="bool">true</merge>

but is does not help

also know I can use gconf for that but the user can chage his own gconf file. I want no one be able to mount a usb flash disk excpet me and some special users

  • GNOME does not use hal anymore; disk mounting is done by udisks, and can be controlled through PolicyKit.
    – user1686
    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:55

1 Answer 1


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false


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