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Drives can't be mounted as a normal user

Hi all,
I use Debian Lenny (GNOME) on my i386 machine.
While logging in as root, the other disk partitions are shown in the
desktop as well as "Places" menu. They can then be browsed without
However, when I login as a normal user, they aren't listed. And when I
try to mount them from Nautilaus window, an error-window pops up,
"Cannot mount volume: You are not privileged to mount this volume."
Mounting from the terminal using "mount" (as root) command works
without a hitch.

The user is a member of the group "plugdev." From gconf,
/->desktop->volume-manager->automount_deives is checked. I just
installed pmount to see if it helps, but it didn't. Surprisingly, the
policykit in debian looks so bare and feature-deprived: (screenshot:
http://twitpic.com/2rr3w ) I couldn't adjust any settings from there.

I know how to use and edit the /etc/fstab file to mount the drives
after each boot. However, that's not what I'm looking at. I'm looking
to be able to use my other partitions just like a root user (maybe
after being asked for authorization).

Any help will be highly appreciated.


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