not able to automount usb flash drives

Bug #1090974 reported by Hennadiy Brych on 2012-12-16
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Thunar Volume Manager
thunar-volman (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On my desktop Xubuntu 12.10 x86_64 system USB flash drive automounting isn't working. I have also fresh installation of Xubuntu 12.10 x86_64 for my laptop, and there I am able to successfully mount USB flash drive approximately every 5th try, by constantly reinserting USB stick until it'll mount. I believe that root cause of these two problems is the same.
Before anyone will ask about XFCE configuration:
1. Settings Manager -> File Manager -> Advanced -> Volume Management is turned on
2. Settings Manager -> Removable Drives and Media -> Storage -> Mount removable drives when hot-plugged/inserted is turned on
3. Settings Manager -> Session and Startup -> Launch GNOME services on startup is turned on (unsure if that's needed)
4. dconf: org/gnome/desktop/media-handling/{automount/automount-open} keys are turned on (unsure if that's needed)

udisks2 version: 2.0.0-1ubuntu1
gvfs-daemons version: 1.14.0-0ubuntu6

(also I tried several USB sticks and different USB2/USB3 ports, all of them are working on windows for example)

Based on some forum posts I tried to reinstall udev/udisks2/gvfs-daemons, but with no luck.
Also I tried to restart udev service, and try to insert USB stick again after that, but it didn't helped.

Then I started to look in depth, what's happening when I am inserting USB stick.
ps aux | grep ud
root 382 0.0 0.0 17232 904 ? S 11:52 0:00 upstart-udev-bridge --daemon
root 389 0.0 0.0 21740 1576 ? Ss 11:52 0:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon
root 740 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 11:52 0:00 [hd-audio0]
root 825 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 11:52 0:00 [hd-audio1]
g 1531 0.0 0.0 507528 6728 ? S<l 11:52 0:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
g 10644 0.0 0.0 216740 5312 ? Sl 12:38 0:00 /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-udisks2-volume-monitor
root 12742 0.0 0.0 343772 5148 ? Sl 12:46 0:00 /usr/lib/udisks2/udisksd --no-debug
root 12952 0.0 0.0 21736 1032 ? S 12:46 0:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon
root 12953 0.0 0.0 21736 1056 ? S 12:46 0:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon

I restarted /usr/lib/udisks2/udisksd, but without --no-debug flag to be able to see debug output (I see this output on every insertion of USB stick):
13:24:02.593:[18627]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/host16 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:24:03.592:[18627]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/host16/target16:0:0 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:24:03.593:[18627]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/host16/target16:0:0/16:0:0:0 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:24:03.693:[18627]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/host16/target16:0:0/16:0:0:0/block/sdc [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:24:03.729:[18627]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb4/4-1/4-1:1.0/host16/target16:0:0/16:0:0:0/block/sdc/sdc1 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]

My Xubuntu laptop provides similar output in case of unsuccessful mount, but in case of successful mount I have:
13:30:25.352:[3524]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/host18 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:30:26.349:[3524]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/host18/target18:0:0 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:30:26.351:[3524]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/host18/target18:0:0/18:0:0:0 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:30:26.476:[3524]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/host18/target18:0:0/18:0:0:0/block/sdb [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:30:26.532:[3524]:[DEBUG]: uevent add /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/host18/target18:0:0/18:0:0:0/block/sdb/sdb1 [udiskslinuxprovider.c:630, udisks_linux_provider_handle_uevent()]
13:30:26.618:[15556]:[NOTICE]: Mounted /dev/sdb1 at /media/g/GFLASH on behalf of uid 1000 [udiskslinuxfilesystem.c:1474, handle_mount()]

so difference is only this notice of successful mount.
Maybe I am wrong, and problem is in different place (possible in /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-udisks2-volume-monitor), but as of now I am unsure where should I look next, thus I am posting bug report here.
That thing is very annoying, to mount USB stick manually every time, I would be more than happy to hear any opinion/workaround for this problem, thank you.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: udisks2 2.0.0-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-21.32-generic
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-21-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu9
Architecture: amd64
CustomUdevRuleFiles: 80-canon_mfp.rules 01-razer-udev.rules
Date: Sun Dec 16 12:47:18 2012
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-11-06 (40 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" - Release amd64 (20121017.1)
MachineType: To Be Filled By O.E.M. To Be Filled By O.E.M.
MarkForUpload: True
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-21-generic root=UUID=181e5032-a0fb-4be9-bd1b-c5afda5dfc40 ro quiet splash
SourcePackage: udisks2
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 09/04/2012
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: P1.50 Z77 Pro4
dmi.board.vendor: ASRock
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.chassis.type: 3
dmi.chassis.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.chassis.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrP1.50:bd09/04/2012:svnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:pnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:pvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.:rvnASRock:rnZ77Pro4:rvr:cvnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:ct3:cvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.product.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi.sys.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.

Hennadiy Brych (superg) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in udisks2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
blinkblink (thomasthoma) wrote :

I experience the same problem with Xfce 4.10

in both Xubuntu 12.10 and Xubuntu 12.04 with xfce 4.10 updated from ppa.

Xubuntu 12.04 with xfce 4.8 doesn't have this issue.

I feel that this bug report could shed some light in the situation:

blinkblink (thomasthoma) wrote :

I followed vaxon77's instructions from here:
and seems to work OK now.

so the workaround is this one:

1. create empty file /usr/local/bin/thunar-volman

2. put this inside:

sleep 1
exec /usr/bin/thunar-volman $@ >/tmp/thunar-volman.log 2>&1

3. make the newly created script (/usr/local/bin/thunar-volman) executable

4. reboot or restart xfce

Hennadiy Brych (superg) wrote :

It finally works with this workaround, thank you guys!

Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2012-12-27
affects: udisks2 (Ubuntu) → thunar-volman (Ubuntu)

This is also an issue on 13.04, but the suggested workaround is ineffective there.

vmc (vmclark) wrote :

Maybe related to this one, that has been fixed:

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