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GNOME3 auto-mounts removable media when that is not the desired behavior

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12


Removable storage device is mounted automatically when plugged in during an active GNOME3 session.


Change the automount setting used by for any users of the GNOME3 shell.

Method A (GUI based):  Use GTK-based "dconf Editor" to change this setting.

1. If not already present, install the dconf-editor:
hostname:~ # zypper in dconf-editor
2. Select the "Applications" menu > "System Tools" and select the dconf Editor. 

3. Navigate to org > gnome > desktop > media-handling and select the "automount" setting.

4. Make sure "Use default value" is set to "Off" and "Custom value" is set to "False". 

Method B (command-line based): Use gsettings command-line tool to change this setting.

1. First, check the value of the automount setting:
hostname:~ # gsettings get automount
2. If automount is set to "true" switch the value to "false":
hostname:~ # gsettings set automount false


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  • Document ID:7021179
  • Creation Date: 03-Aug-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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