Getting rid of drive icons

  • johne53
Posted: Wed, 01/02/2008 - 09:34
When I open my 'Computer' icon it shows further icons for all the partitions found on my drives (including Windows partitions). None of them get mounted (and I don't want them to be) so I'd prefer just not to have the icons at all. Is it safe to drag them all to the waste bin or is there another safe way to get rid of them?

a more thorough research..

  • porisija
  • 09/29/07
  • Fri, 02/29/2008 - 13:31
..reveals that it's not only gconf. You have go to System-> Administration-> Removable Media and deselect all selections regarding removable media aka. USB sticks, USB hard drives - even cameras etc. Gnome seems to be by default set on mounting and browsing all removable media. Not a good choice with audio work in mind. Anyways, answer to your question: in Gconf-editor deselect /apps/nautilus/desktop/volumes_visible While yer at it, why not get rid of that hideous Windows look-alike "(My) Computer"..: /apps/nautilus/desktop/computer_icon_visible I prefer to get rid of all clutter on my desktop and therefore use Fluxbox WM or Openbox WM. I like very basic desktops - and choice: Linux. Rhetorical question: are there any known cases of Windows induced allergies? I know I have it on a mental level..:-)

Porisija -

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Sat, 03/01/2008 - 12:08
I think you might have misunderstood my problem. I'm not complaining about icons on my desktop. I'm talking about unused icons within that 'Computer' browser (now several dozen of them) that I can't seem to get rid of. I must admit though - I didn't think about changing the WM. If I get the chance to back everything up, I might try Fluxbox or Openbox and see what happens. Thanks.

Tried it.

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 02/29/2008 - 07:23
It seems to me though that you can only tell it not to automatically mount the drives. Which selection specifically did you have in mind? PS: You have to install gconf-editor from debian, but as you say, a doddle!

removing unwanted icons

  • porisija
  • 09/29/07
  • Thu, 02/28/2008 - 16:02
The problem is related with Gnome file manager Nautilus and how it relates with hald/udev. Hald provides virtual device files for accessing hard disks etc., for which Nautilus creates icons on the desktop by default. Solution could be this: Open up gconf-editor ( hit alt+f2 and type : gconf-editor ) Now go down to apps >> nautilus >>desktop, and check the boxes next to the appropriate icons...enable or disable.. I don't remember whether 64Studio has gconf-editor, but installing it from Debian repositories is a doddle. Good luck.

Ok, You got me...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 02/27/2008 - 15:37
Perhaps I never tried to remove any drives that got auto mounted before. I like the clutter. It's like my production desk. Only I can work here, and My work is not of the worst I've seen. But take away my clutter and I start looking for stuff... Forgive an old dog

Re: Problem

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Wed, 02/27/2008 - 08:25
By Quentin Harley at 02/27/2008 - 08:05 " I know my old windows system used to do the same, and you could not prevent that either. " Are you sure about that Qeuntin? For Windows to show a drive, it needs to assign a drive letter - but (except for removeables) it never assigns drive letters to drives it hasn't mounted (or doesn't recognise). If you don't want a particular drive to be mounted, simply remove its drive letter.

Problem

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 02/27/2008 - 07:05
Is this not because some of the other linux versions simply did not pick up the drives in the past? I know my old windows system used to do the same, and you could not prevent that either. I have learned to live with these little extra icons, and after a while it does not bother me at all. As a matter of fact I start looking for the problem if one or more of them fail to appear (external drives) If you can't beat them...

Last weekend I bought a

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Mon, 02/25/2008 - 14:56
Last weekend I bought a natty little "interface panel". It sits in a 5.25" bay but it brings to the front of my PC a bunch of sockets that normally have me scrabbling around the back. Things like Audio I/O, USB ports, Firewire etc. This little unit contains a selection of card readers, memory stick readers, Flash memory etc. I was delighted to find that 64studio detected them straight away, without my needing to configure anything. However, all these various readers seem to announce themselves as extra mountable drives. My 'Computer' icon now contains 22 drive icons - the vast majority of which do absolutely nothing... :-( Surely there's a way to stop them being displayed?? I've never encountered any other version of Linux where this was such a problem.

The drives aren't actually

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Wed, 01/16/2008 - 11:15
The drives aren't actually mounted (and never have been) but their icons still show up. This has been ridiculously easy to fix with all other distros I've used, so I'm quite disappointed that it's proving to be so difficult with 64studio.... :-(

Unmount them as root

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Sun, 01/13/2008 - 03:06
Although currently those partitions don't appear in the fstab I guess they were there and were mounted in the past, that's why the icons are in the Desktop. Anyway, I have checked that the way to get rid of them is to unmount the non-desired volumes as root. You can't do that as a normal user in the GUI, as we have learned. Instead, you have to use the CLI as root ($su + password) and type umount /dev/xxx, where xxx is the tag of the volume you don't want. It could be something as hda?, or hdb?, or sda?... where ? is the partition number, if there were such partitions. You should know the names of the hard drives and partitions you have. You can get a clue by listing the files (ls) in /dev. I hope this helps Pablo

Eish... dont know!

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 01/12/2008 - 18:24
If you move them to trash, you'll get a message about not being able to move them there, and if you want to unmount them to use the drop down list... Anyone else knows what he could do?

Doesn't anyone know how to

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Sat, 01/12/2008 - 17:14
Doesn't anyone know how to get rid of these unwanted drive icons? They don't appear in fstab so I don't know where to control them from.... :-(