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, obexftp, 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:

gvfsd - the main gvfs daemon

gvfs-fuse-daemon - mounts gvfs as a fuse filesystem

gvfsd-metadata - writes gvfs metadata

Volume monitors:

gvfs-udisks2-volume-monitor - a udisks-based volume monitor

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

Mount backends:

gvfsd-afc - mounts iPhone/iPod touch volumes

gvfsd-afp - mounts Apple Filing Protocol volumes

gvfsd-afp-browse - browses Apple Filing Protocol volumes

gvfsd-archive - mounts archive files in various formats

gvfsd-burn - provides a location for burning CDs

gvfsd-cdda - mounts audio CDs

gvfsd-computer - provides computer://

gvfsd-dav - mounts DAV filesystems

gvfsd-dnssd - browses dnssd

gvfsd-ftp - mounts over FTP

gvfsd-http - mounts over HTTP

gvfsd-localtest - a test backend

gvfsd-network - provides network://

gvfsd-obexftp - mounts over obexftp

gvfsd-recent - provides recent://

gvfsd-sftp - mounts over sftp

gvfsd-smb - mounts Windows Shares Filesystem volumes

gvfsd-smb-browse - browses Windows Shares Filesystem volumes

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 monitors.


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