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

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Wed Oct 30 07:58:12 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-10-29 at 21:26 -0700, David Christensen wrote:
> On 10/29/2013 12:23 AM, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> > Actually, that's not a good test. Thunar only supports/shows USB Mass
> > Storage devices, which Canon cameras are not (they use some proprietary
> > canon protocol on USB mode, or PTP on PTP mode). You need to interface
> > with it using gphoto2, which is what Shotwell is actually doing.
> I assume the explanation also applies to the Xfce desktop (?).

> It would be nice if Xfce and Thunar supported Canon cameras.  We have 
> several, and I'm migrating our SOHO desktops to debian-7.2-i386-xfce.

Afaik that's not possible on Wheezy.

On Jessie+, iirc, gphoto devices should appear in Thunar once they are
gio/gvfs-mounted, that has to be done manually or in thunar-volman (and
it's broken right now because of 
> > Can you check:
> > - if the USB drive is correctly seen by the kernel (shows in dmesg, can
> > be mounted manually)
> > - if the USB drive is correctly seen by udisks (I think it's someting
> > like udisks --dump, and udisks --monitor can help too).
> I tested the Seagate FreeAgent XTreme external hard drive against a few 
> Debian 7 installations:
> 1.  Intel D945GNT motherboard with fairly recent and lightly used 
> install of Debian 7 amd64 (system used for initial bug report) -- 
> hotplug works correctly via both USB and Firewire.  (Machine does not 
> have eSATA port.)  This doesn't match my earlier findings.  I don't know 
> why.
> 2.  Intel D945GNT motherboard with fresh install (yesterday and today) 
> of Debian 7 i386 -- hotplug works correctly via both USB and Firewire.
> 3.  Intel DQ67SWB3 motherboard with older (December 2012, possibly 
> pre-Stable?) and heavily used install of Debian 7 amd64 -- hotplug works 
> correctly for USB, but fails for eSATA.
> […]
> So, it appears that the kernel is not seeing eSATA hotplug events (?).

The diffs are not really readable, but if the kernel doesn't see the
hotplug events, there's not much chance anything userland can do
anything, so it looks more like a kernel issue. It might help to try
with a more recent kernel (I assume you're using a stock Debian
> I am in the process of preparing to wipe and rebuild the machine having 
> the eSATA problems.  I'll report when I have more information.
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