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FrankS
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: GNOME setup Reply with quote

Hi guys,

maybe this is only due to the fact, that the docs aren't up to date...

What I did so far:
- installed the base system
- installed vim (I hate nano)
- set up NVIDIA
- set up ALSA
- installed X (twm still installed - but inactive)
- set up GNOME
- set up Compiz-Fusion

I am on a AMD AthlonII X4 box.

The Gentoo GNOME guide says:

``gpasswd -a <youruser> plugdev''

... but there is no plugdev group.

I found, that plugdev is created by hal, so I tried to install hal but this is bolcked by some packet upower.
upower collects due to ``emerge -s'' power source and history information
I'm not on a laptop so I probably don't need information about the power source, thus I uninstalled upower.

I could install hal afterwards and yes, plugdev exists
... but now I'm unable to login to X (seems upower is more something like lastlog than related to power)

So I uninstalled hal again and re-installed upower. Everything works like before.

Will I without hal be able to have desktop icons of USB disks / CDROMs / DVDs / cameras ie appearing on my desktop?
I remember some ancient times I had to do some udev configurating to make this happen (mounting my camera on /dev/camera, the ScanDisc on /dev/cruiser and so on) with the right descriptions - this was fine. :)
D-Bus is in place.

Thanks for info
Frank 8) 8)
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tetromino
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In terms of plugdev, things right now are in a state of transition. Gnome no longer uses plugdev for mounting USB drives. However, many packages, particularly those related to bluetooth and cameras, continue to rely on the plugdev group.

The plugdev group is created (if it doesn't exist already) when you install any of the following packages:
app-pda/usbmuxd
media-libs/libgphoto2
media-libs/libmtp
net-misc/networkmanager (note: the gnome-3.0 versions of networkmanager, when it finally gets to portage, probably won't do it)
net-wireless/bluez
net-wireless/gnome-bluetooth

Or you can create the group yourself:
groupadd -r plugdev

This command is safe to run; if the plugdev group already exists, the command will detect it and won't create a second one.

EDIT: I have filed bug #377885 about the potentially confusing documentation page.
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FrankS
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks fopr posting, I've already creatred the group.
For something connected to the USB I get a desktop icon to access the file systems on this.

Now I'm looking for solutions to get the same behaviour for CD-ROMs and DVDs inserted into the drive.

Regards
Frank
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