Hey, that's an old thread, but obviously I was reading it becauze I had the same issue:
Automount of pen drives + visibility on-desktop
You'll need gconf-editor, which is part of the default Sabayon5.0DVD install, at least on my 64 bits here.
A word of caution: gconf-editor is indeed your straight access to the bowels of the Gnome Desktop Environment; you can, and possibly will, make a lot of damage to your system if you don't pay attention; Linux is famous for not being your nanny, and then gconf-editor isn't your bunch of /etc/thisandthat.conf files that you can edit by hand, copy or replace. It's a database: input a wrong entry, mismatch a string with an integer, andf ace the consequences!
1 . Visibility of Media on your desktop:
As already pointed in this thread:
- Find, in >applications>System Tools, the Configuration Editor (or gconf-editor from GnomeDo or Alt-F2)
- Go to /apps/nautilus/desktop
There, you can choose what stuff is visible on your desk; volumes_visible is your target.
2 . Automounting USB drives:
- Go to /apps/nautilus/preferences (in gconf-editor, of course).
There you'll be greeted with a wealth of deep-down system configuration items. Be careful! Your target here is media_automount and media_automount_open
Some of these items are stuff you can change simply in the Preferences GUI of the nautilus file manager, like the tickbox for 'Browse media when inserted' in the Media Tab. (this is the recommended Gnome method, gconf-editor is only there for your convenience).
Voilà! Your desktop is now 'as you expected' it; whether this is better or not isn't my point; here I had an issue with the Mount Drives applet which shows other HDDs that I don't want someone to click by mistake, hence on this shared laptop I'd prefer all flashdrives just to pop in your face when inserted: less questions asked, less accidents happen!
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