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    Scads of nautilus instances spawned when I connect my phone to usb

    I'm running Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, and am trying to recharge my android phone (Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, android 7.0) by plugging it into a USB port in the computer.

    In the past, when I've done this, it pops up a dialog on the phone asking to share access to the phone. It usually takes me a second or two to respond, and during that time, 3-4 nautilus instances pop up on my desktop. I grant the access, then close the extra 2-3 instances of nautilus, then things are ok.

    In the past week or so (since a software update), when I connect the phone, ubuntu spawns a lot of instances of nautilus, so many that the toolbar at the bottom of the screen is completely filled with nautilus icons, each about 5px wide. I try to grant access on my phone to stop that, and each time I grant it, another request for access pops up. I run a 'killall nautilus" to clear all of them, and then they rapidly pile up again. When this happens, I need to either recharge the phone elsewhere, or give up using the desktop.

    Any suggestions on how to limit how many nautilus instances can be spawned? If there's a work-around that requires me to manually connect the desktop to the phone, I'm fine with that, but I'm getting tired of fighting ubuntu for control.
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    Re: Scads of nautilus instances spawned when I connect my phone to usb

    Here's a work-around (not a fix) for the problem:

    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount-open false
    



    Then manually mount the device if needed, or reverse the settings, authorize the mount, re-establish the settings, and then use 'killall nautilus' to get rid of the swarm.
    Building better Magic Elevators, since 1952

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