Getting to mount

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Wed Jul 30 09:32:34 CEST 2014

On Wed, 2014-07-30 at 08:15 +0200, Stephan Haller wrote:
> Thunar depends gio and indirectly on gvfs and udisks.

GVFS is an optional and not a hard dependency and in no way there is an
indirect dependency to GVFS [1]. I never ever would install the external
green hard disks killing GVFS. Sure, the OP needs it for the task to
automatically see pluggable devices.

The OP needs gvfs and no other gvfs-foo or gvfs-bar, but the OP needs
thunar-volman too.
If the OP sees the Trash icon and assumed after clicking the Trash icon,
the trash folder should be accessible, then gvfs likely is ok.

"1. Launch Thunar and go to Edit > Preferences
 2. Under the 'Advanced' tab, check 'Enable Volume Management'
 3. Click configure and check the following items:
    - Mount removable drives when hot-plugged.
    - Mount removable media when inserted." -

"Automounting of large external drives
If Thunar refuses to mount large removable media (size > 1TB) although
thunar-volman and gvfs has been installed, then try installing a
different automounter such as udevil or udiskie. The latter should be
preferred as it uses udisks2 and thus is compatible with gvfs. To start
udiskie with udisks2 support, add the following line to your autostart
udiskie -2 &" -

It can't harm to check, if there are no udev rules missing or if there
should be a broken udev rule, especially if somebody shouldn't use
systemd, since systemd and udev are merged by upstream.


[rocketmouse at archlinux ~]$ cat /var/abs/extra/thunar/PKGBUILD 
depends=('desktop-file-utils' 'libexif' 'hicolor-icon-theme' 'libnotify'
         'udev' 'gtk2' 'exo' 'libxfce4util' 'libxfce4ui' 'libpng')
makedepends=('intltool' 'gtk-doc' 'xfce4-panel')
optdepends=('gvfs: for trash support, mounting with udisk and remote filesystems'
            'polkit-gnome: for mounting internal partitions (needs root password)'
            'xfce4-panel: for trash applet'
            'tumbler: for thumbnail previews'
            'thunar-volman: manages removable devices'
            'thunar-archive-plugin: create and deflate archives'
            'thunar-media-tags-plugin: view/edit id3/ogg tags')
  ./configure \
    --prefix=/usr \
    --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --libexecdir=/usr/lib \
    --localstatedir=/var \
    --disable-static \
    --enable-gio-unix \
    --enable-dbus \
    --enable-startup-notification \
    --enable-gudev \
    --enable-notifications \
    --enable-exif \
    --enable-pcre \
    --enable-gtk-doc \

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