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Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

gvfs (7)


gvfs - GIO virtual file system


Please see following description for synopsis


Conventions and miscellaneous                                          GVFS(7)

       gvfs - GIO virtual file system

       GIO provides a VFS API to GLib applications. It includes a 'local'
       implementation using POSIX. gvfs provides implementations that go
       beyond that and allow to access files and storage using many protocols,
       such as ftp, http, sftp, dav, nfs, etc. It also provides support for
       trash folders, for cd burning and for monitoring interesting devices
       and volumes on the computer.

       Applications use gvfs indirectly, by means of GIO loading the gvfs
       module that implements the GIO extension points. The gvfs support for
       volume monitoring is included in a separate loadable module.

       The actual gvfs implementation is distributed over a number of
       processes. None of these are expected to be started from the
       commandline, except for debugging purposes.

       Main processes:

       o   gvfsd - the main gvfs daemon

       o   gvfsd-fuse - mounts gvfs as a fuse filesystem

       o   gvfsd-metadata - writes gvfs metadata

       Volume monitors:

       o   gvfs-afc-volume-monitor - a volume monitor for Apple iPhone/iPod
           Touch devices

       o   gvfs-goa-volume-monitor - a volume monitor for GNOME Online

       o   gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor - a volume monitor for PTP devices

       o   gvfs-mtp-volume-monitor - a volume monitor for MTP devices

       o   gvfs-udisks2-volume-monitor - a udisks2-based volume monitor

       Mount backends:

       o   gvfsd-admin - mounts local filesystem with admin privileges

       o   gvfsd-afc - mounts iPhone/iPod touch volumes

       o   gvfsd-afp - mounts Apple Filing Protocol volumes

       o   gvfsd-afp-browse - browses Apple Filing Protocol volumes

       o   gvfsd-archive - mounts archive files in various formats

       o   gvfsd-burn - provides a location for burning CDs

       o   gvfsd-cdda - mounts audio CDs

       o   gvfsd-computer - provides computer://

       o   gvfsd-dav - mounts DAV filesystems

       o   gvfsd-dnssd - browses dnssd

       o   gvfsd-ftp - mounts over FTP

       o   gvfsd-google - mounts Google Drive shares

       o   gvfsd-gphoto2 - mounts over PTP

       o   gvfsd-http - mounts over HTTP

       o   gvfsd-localtest - a test backend

       o   gvfsd-mtp - mounts over MTP

       o   gvfsd-network - provides network://

       o   gvfsd-nfs - mounts over NFS

       o   gvfsd-recent - provides recent://

       o   gvfsd-sftp - mounts over sftp

       o   gvfsd-smb - mounts Windows Shares Filesystem volumes

       o   gvfsd-smb-browse - browses Windows Shares Filesystem volumes

       o   gvfsd-trash - provides trash://

           If set, specifies the GIO vfs implementation to use. Possible
           values include 'local' and 'gvfs'.

           If set, specifies the GIO volume monitor implementation to use.
           Possible values include 'unix', 'GProxyVolumeMonitorUDisks2', as
           well as other native volume monitors that are described in the key
           files in $XDG_DATA_DIRS/gvfs/remote-volume-monitors.

           This directory contains key files describing mount daemons.

           This directory contains key files describing remote volume

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | library/gnome/gvfs    |
       |Stability      | Pass-through volatile |

       GIO documentation[1], gvfsd(1), gvfsd-fuse(1), gvfsd-metadata(1)

        1. GIO documentation

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This software was built from source available at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.  The original community
       source was downloaded from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/gvfs.

gvfs                                                                   GVFS(7)