Unity always shows all devices in launcher when CD is inserted

Reported by Dave Vree on 2013-01-23
This bug affects 14 people
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Ubuntu 12.10 the default behavior when inserting a CD (or a USB memory stick, etc.) is to add a list of mounted devices to the launcher. This takes up a lot of extra space for me as I usually have several Samba mounts. Furthermore, I don't need or want to see my CD in the launcher.

I can click right on the mounted devices and select "Unlock from launcher", but the next time I insert a CD they're back. Disabling this "feature" should be an option in 12.10. I believe it was an option in 12.04 via CCSM. Thanks.

Dave Vree (hdave) on 2013-01-23
affects: udisks2 (Ubuntu) → launcher (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2013-01-24
affects: launcher (Ubuntu) → unity (Ubuntu)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Matpen (matpen) wrote :

The "Unlock from launcher" feature is apparently equivalent to UUID-based blacklisting. Therefore it applies only to that specific device. I tried disabling this feature by removing 'unity://devices' from "com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites" using gsettings but this seems to have no effect.

JHosier (jhosier) wrote :

Can someone please fix this bug. It is very frustrating.

As a network administrator I have about a dozen network shares mounted in /etc/fstab.
I also create distributions and other CD/DVDs all of the time.
Everytime I insert a CD/DVD in my PC the Unity Bar gets filled with all the mounted network shares which I have to unlock from the lanucher, only to re-appear a few minutes later when the next CD/DVD is inserted. So far today this silly routine has had to be done more than a dozen times!

After googling I can see that some people suggest blacklisting all devices as a workaround.
I cannot simply block all devices from appearing on the unity launcher as this would blacklist my other hard drives.

Now that this is a confirmed bug, can it please be fixed.

Thank you.

JHosier (jhosier) wrote :

Further to my previous comment I should note that this problem is appearing when I eject the CD/DVD not when I insert the CD/DVD.

Also, unlike the originator of the bug, I am very happy that the CD/DVD drive appears in the unity launcher and I know that the drive can be easily removed from the unity launcher by right clicking on it and choosing "Unlock from Launcher" and this will blacklist it until you run the command to reset the settings

Nicolai Froehlich (nifr) wrote :

While it is possible to blacklist UUIDs as described in this stackoverflow answer:


It's not possible to prevent new (i.e. USB, Disc ) devices from showing up in the launcher automatically.

The experimental-tab / possibility to disable all devices in CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) stated in the second answer isn't available in my version of compizconfig-settings-manager (0.9.10) on Ubuntu 13.10.


A generic solution to disable the devices would really be appreciated.

Nicolai Froehlich (nifr) wrote :

Okay rolling back - problem still exists. Now external devices are still shown at the bottom of the launcher!

Problem is NOT solved for me.

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