USB device icon does not display on Gnome desktop and gnome-volume-manager does not start when logging in as root

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Hotplugging external usb hard drive fails for root user
  • In the case of a standard user login, when I plug a USB hard drive, it gets automatically mounted and an icon appears on the desktop.  However for some reason if I am logged in as root this doesn't happen.
  • When I log in as a normal user, the gnome-volume-manager is running, but when I log in as root user it is not running even though it is in the session startup list
    • I tried to run gnome-volume-manager manually and it failed to start.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0

    • kernel 2.6.18-8.el5
  • Gnome desktop
    • Logged in as root user
  • USB hard drive plugged in.

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