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Hi Keith:

As I understand things, it is, in fact, possible to see a listing of the
files on an unmounted drive - it just isn't possible to open them.

What is *supposed* to happen is that Writer will automatically mount the
drive when you elect to open a file on that drive (assuming the drive is not
already mounted of course) - this is the behavior of the other LibreOffice
Apps (such as Calc, for instance) and can easily be demonstrated.

It turns out that the behavior I was describing was, in fact, a bug, as you
can see from the responses posted by the developer earlier in this thread.

Windows, of course, does mount everything it can find at boot. My objection
was not so much that the drives got mounted, but in the way the drives
mounted in that way were presented in Nautilus (like second class citizens,
but placed more prominently than the Ubuntu drives with unmount buttons and
so forth).

After far more searching on the web than I would have expected, I've
subsequently discovered how to accomplish this to my satisfaction, however,
and I now have MOST of the drives auto-mount when Ubuntu starts up.  The one
exception is the Windows root drive, since I wish to preclude the
possibility of accidentally using that drive while in Ubuntu. When you think
about it, that's also how Windows works (it doesn't see or recognize the
Ubuntu root drive because it doesn't know about ext-type formats).

But thanks for thinking of me - the idea that someone could bring up a
problem in Illinois to a group of users in Australia is something that
probably wouldn't happen in the Windows world.

... and, of course, G'Day to you and your mates as well.

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