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Hi all, I already solved what I set out to achieve, I'm just not sure I understand how I achieved it, and I'd appreciate a confirmation. I just installed Mint ...
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    Hi all, I already solved what I set out to achieve, I'm just not sure I understand how I achieved it, and I'd appreciate a confirmation.

    I just installed Mint (Maya with Mate) on one of my partitions. I keep all my non-os related files on another partition, sda8. I keep a shortcut to this on one of my panels for easy access. I edited fstab to mount sda8 to /media/chloedata.

    This got me a functioning shortcut, but the partition was showing up on my desktop as a mounted drive. I want these displaying, just not sda8. So instead, I mounted it to /mnt/chloedata, and now I'm not seeing the drive on my desktop. Yay.

    Since I was trying a couple different things at the time, I just want to confirm--are items mounted in /media going to show a desktop icon, while items in /mnt won't? Is there any other difference between these two locations?

    Thanks in advance!
    ~A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artesia View Post
    Hi all, I already solved what I set out to achieve, I'm just not sure I understand how I achieved it, and I'd appreciate a confirmation.

    I just installed Mint (Maya with Mate) on one of my partitions. I keep all my non-os related files on another partition, sda8. I keep a shortcut to this on one of my panels for easy access. I edited fstab to mount sda8 to /media/chloedata.

    This got me a functioning shortcut, but the partition was showing up on my desktop as a mounted drive. I want these displaying, just not sda8. So instead, I mounted it to /mnt/chloedata, and now I'm not seeing the drive on my desktop. Yay.

    Since I was trying a couple different things at the time, I just want to confirm--are items mounted in /media going to show a desktop icon, while items in /mnt won't? Is there any other difference between these two locations?

    Thanks in advance!
    ~A
    My humble guess is that your desktop environment (MATE) is controlling this and defaults to creating a desktop icon for items in /media. You can create a shortcut to /mnt/chloedata by running:
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    ln -s /mnt/cloedata ~/Desktop
    When I tested this in KDE, I had to open the file browser, go to ~/Desktop, and then drag the shortcut icon to the actual desktop. I'm not sure how it would work in MATE.

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    Hi asidewalk, thanks for your thoughts on this. I keep a shortcut to chloedata in my side panel, which is incredibly convenient. Anyway, I'm also thinking that it's something that Mate is doing. I think I've bumped into the phenomenon with Gnome a couple years back. I suppose I ought to do some trial and error testing and confirm.

    ~A

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    As I recall, all the version I've tried since 10 had an option of showing volumes as desktop icons... Don't know where it is exactly though.

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