[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#728065: Bug#728065: thunar: USB and eSATA devices not seen by Thunar

David Christensen dpchrist at holgerdanske.com
Mon Oct 28 23:57:52 UTC 2013

On 10/28/13 14:23, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> Ah, sorry, missed you're on stable :) Please check for udisks package
> then.

2013-10-28 16:19:25 root at p43200 ~
# apt-get install udisks
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
udisks is already the newest version.
udisks set to manually installed.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

I did some more testing with a Canon PowerShot A570IS camera (USB 
interface) just now:

1.  (Xfce XMouse?) -> Settings -> Removable Drives and Media -> Storage 
-> Removable Storage -> all boxes unchecked.

2.  Open Thunar and Shotwell.

2.  Plug in Canon PowerShot A570IS camera via USB.  Camera does not 
change to USB connected state.  No desktop icon.  Nothing in Thunar. 
However, an entry appears for the camera in the left pane of Shotwell.

3.  Select camera in Shotwell.  Camera goes to USB connected state. 
Shotwell accesses camera and displays thumbnails in right pane.  Nothing 
on desktop.  Nothing in Thunar.

Therefore, something is broken for the Xfce desktop and Thunar -- I 
expected a camera icon on the desktop and a camera entry in the left 
pane of Thunar at steps #2 and #3.  Shotwell seems okay.

I also did some testing with two different USB flash drives and obtained 
the same results:

1.  (Xfce Mouse?) -> Settings -> Removable Drives and Media -> Storage 
-> Removable Storage -> all boxes unchecked.

2.  Open Thunar.

3.  Plug in USB flash drive.  Drive icon appears on desktop.  Drive 
entry appears in left pane of Thunar.

4.  Desktop icon context menu has option to mount drive; don't invoke it.

5.  Select drive in left pane of Thunar.  Drive contents displayed in 
right pane.

6.  Desktop icon context menu on desktop now has option to eject drive.

Therefore, everything seems to be working correctly with Xfce and Thunar 
for USB flash drives.

I also did some testing on another Wheezy/Xfce machine with a Seagate 
FreeAgent Xtreme external hard disk drive via USB and eSATA -- nothing 
on desktop or in Thunar.

Therefore, it seems that whatever Xfce/ Debian/ Linux subsystem 
underlies Thunar works for USB flash drives, but not for the camera or 
for the external hard disk drive.

Another clue -- hot-plug for the external hard drive stoppled working 
around Sept. 3, when I did a BIOS update.  I seem to recall a kernel 
update around the same time.


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