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Tips for Xmonad in Ubuntu

1 Without a Desktop Environment

Here are tips on using xmonad in any of the Ubuntu distributions without loading XFCE or a full Gnome session.

1.1 Automounting removable media

Removable media is mounted using a volume manager. Normally, Nautilus takes care of this in Gnome and Thunar for XFCE.

There are several lightweight volume manager choices.

  • skvm aims for simplicity and speed.
  • Ivman was originally only for automounting, but now it can run arbitrary commands when a HAL event (closed laptop lid, a certain device is attached) is received.
  • Thunar, XFCE's file manager, can be run as a daemon (thunar --daemon). It can be configured via its GUI to not open a file listing when a device is inserted.