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Re: xfce4 can't read USB keys or CDs

Ray Phillips <> writes:

> I've installed the xfce4 package on a NetBSD/amd64 6.1.5 machine by
> downloading it and its dependencies using pkg_fetch from
> and
> then installing it with `pkg_add xfce4'
> I've discovered its File Manager won't show the contents of a CD or
> USB key (the one I tried has a FAT32 file system).
> When the USB key is inserted its volume name is displayed in File
> Manager's left pane but when it's clicked a window containing this
> appears:
> Failed to mount "Name-of-USB-volume".
> Method "mount" with signature "ssas" on interface
> "org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Volume" doesn't exist.

The desktop running as your uid and some mechanism to mount external
media that appears are likely not the same thing, but I'm not really
clear on the details.  Are you running hald?  I would suggest looking at
the xfce4 and hald documentation to understand what's supposed to be
happening.  It may be that you have to set

  sysctl -w vfs.generic.usermount=1

(or put in sysctl.conf) to allow non-root users to mount filesystems.

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