Introduction to gnome-mount

The gnome-mount package contains programs for mounting, unmounting and ejecting storage devices. The goal for gnome-mount is to get the appropriate GNOME software (such as gnome-volume-manager and GNOME-VFS) to use this instead of invoking mount/umount/eject or direct HAL invoking methods.

All the gnome-mount programs utilize the methods on HAL and as such run unprivileged. The rationale for gnome-mount is to have a centralized place (in GConf) where settings (e.g., mount options and mount locations) are maintained.

Package Information

gnome-mount Dependencies


gnome-keyring-0.4.9, libgnomeui-2.14.1, and HAL-


intltool-0.34.2 and Nautilus-2.14.3

User Notes:

Installation of gnome-mount

Install gnome-mount by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.14.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.


Installed Programs: gnome-eject, gnome-mount and gnome-umount
Installed Libraries: libgnome-mount.{so,a} Nautilus extention
Installed Directories: $GNOME_PREFIX/share/gnome-mount

Short Descriptions


is used to automatically mount storage media and other removable media.


is a symbolic link to gnome-mount used to automatically unmount storage media and other removable media.


is a symbolic link to gnome-mount used to automatically open and close (if supported by the drive) the drive door and tray in CD/DVD drives.

Last updated on 2007-01-18 13:38:19 -0600