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#1 2021-10-16 21:43:37

Altoid
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Registered: 2017-05-07
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[SOLVED] File manager -> directory not valid

Hello:

On my Devuan Beowulf installation with a backported kernel ...

groucho@devuan:~$ uname -a
Linux devuan 5.10.0-0.bpo.3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.10.13-1~bpo10+1 (2021-02-11) x86_64 GNU/Linux
groucho@devuan:~$

... when I open the filemanager (PCManFM 1.3.1) and go to the Devices folder, I can see all my drives.

But when I click on any of them I get this:

Error
The specified directory 'computer:///
Hitachi%HTS543216L9SA00.drive' is not valid

The taskbar for this example reads: computer:/Hitachi HTS543216L9SA00: 160 GB Volume

I think there is something wrong here but I can't find what it could be.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

A.

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#2 2021-10-20 12:40:58

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] File manager -> directory not valid

Hello:

Bump ...

Posted to the PCManFM sub-forum at LXDE and the only answer received suggested I was probably posting to the wrong forum as Devuan Beowulf installs with Xfce and not lxde (!!!) and directed me back here.  8^D

https://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f= … e85d2bfbd0

Altoid wrote:

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

A.

Last edited by Altoid (2021-10-20 16:27:09)

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#3 2021-10-21 11:41:17

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] File manager -> directory not valid

Hello:

Altoid wrote:

Any ideas?

Seems not.

It took me a good while as I was not able to find anything about this on the web (maybe was not looking properly?).
So I resorted to a trial and error method.

The answer:

If a device shown in Devices is not mounted, instead of getting the expected pop-up ie: Authentication required to mount XXXX nnnnn (/dev/sdxN), you get the error I made reference to in my OP.

This is something that had not occurred to me: the expected behaviour is that you get the pop-up asking for the credentials or at the very least a pop-up saying that the user is not allowed to mount the bloody device instead of one saying that the specified directory is not valid.   

Why is this so?
No idea.

Is it a bug?
Probably.

Posted.
https://sourceforge.net/p/pcmanfm/bugs/1129/

Let's see what happens.

Best,

A.

Last edited by Altoid (2021-10-21 12:09:10)

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#4 2021-10-21 12:14:06

JWM-Kit
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Re: [SOLVED] File manager -> directory not valid

Just a stab in the dark, but I would guess this is related to whatever service pcmanfm uses to mount drives. Probably udev, or udisks. You can use the package manager to see what is installed or what is required by pcmanfm. Then check if service is running. Sorry for the lack of details but hopefully it's helpful.

Last edited by JWM-Kit (2021-10-21 12:14:42)

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#5 2021-10-21 12:34:40

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] File manager -> directory not valid

Hello:

JWM-Kit wrote:

... would guess this is related to whatever service pcmanfm uses to mount drives.

This is what I have installed:

groucho@devuan:~$ apt list | grep installed | grep ud
--- snip ---
udev/oldstable,now 1:3.2.9+devuan4 amd64 [installed]
udiskie/oldstable,oldstable,now 1.7.7-1 all [installed]
udisks2/oldstable,now 2.8.1-4+devuan1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
groucho@devuan:~$ 

But none of these are listed as dependencies for PCManFM.

Now that I know what is going on, it is not much of a problem, but I do consider it to be a bug.

Thanks for your input.

A.

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