Xfce 4.4 and Thunar automounting of USB stick

Chess Griffin chessg at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 01:16:48 UTC 2007

Hello!  My first post to the list.  :)

I have FreeBSD 6.2 installed and running wonderfully.  I have built
Xfce 4.4from ports and it too, is working very well, but I have one
problem -- the
new Thunar file manager does not auto-mount USB sticks.

I know there is the traditional way of allowing users to mount usb per the


and that actually works fine for me.  However, Thunar (the new Xfce file
manager) has the capability to automount devices and it's not working.

I have installed Hal, Dbus, and polkit and have those 3 things enabled in my
/etc/rc.conf.  I also installed thunar and the thunar-volman plugin.
However, when I go to the "Advanced" tab in the File Manager settings
manager in order to activate the auto-mounting, it states "Build thunar-vfs
with HAL support to use the volume management support in Thunar."  When I
built Thunar I did enable Hal support, and I can't find anything in ports or
packages about thunar-vfs.

partial output of /etc/rc.conf:

in /etc/sysctl.conf I put:

and in /etc/devfs.rules I have:
add path 'da*' mode 0660 group operator

I can mount a usb stick as my normal user without issues.  It's just the
automount feature in Thunar that is not working.

If anyone has a fix or other suggestions I would be most appreciative.

Chess Griffin

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