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    Hello, 1st post here
    I have moved from Mint Gnome to Opensuse KDE, great OS I must say.

    In Mint I used to use Deja Dup as a backup tool to a NAS, in Opensuse I am using Duply the Duplicity frontend to FTP to the NAS.
    The 1st backup went ok, the backup size was the same as my home dir.
    I ran backup the next day which should be an automatic incremental backup & the backup dir doubled in size, no way had there been that many changes, maybe 500mb, not 13gb of changes.

    I think the .gvfs dir in my home dir which points to my FTP backup drive was being backed up, so the backups were being backed up, so I will reset the backups to exclude this using --exclude ~/.gvfs
    So I think that problem is solved.

    However ...

    I assume Opensuse thinks that the .gvfs dir is actually using real space on my home partition & that is is not merely a link to the network drive.

    df -h shows this:

    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    rootfs 40G 4.6G 33G 13% /
    devtmpfs 2.9G 8.0K 2.9G 1% /dev
    tmpfs 2.9G 1.3M 2.9G 1% /dev/shm
    tmpfs 2.9G 692K 2.9G 1% /run
    /dev/mapper/system-root 40G 4.6G 33G 13% /
    tmpfs 2.9G 0 2.9G 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    tmpfs 2.9G 692K 2.9G 1% /var/run
    tmpfs 2.9G 0 2.9G 0% /media
    tmpfs 2.9G 692K 2.9G 1% /var/lock
    /dev/sda1 152M 32M 112M 23% /boot
    /dev/mapper/system-home 417G 14G 387G 4% /home

    When I click on the 'My Computer' link on the desktop it shows home as using 30.4gb, so I think it is looking inside the .gvfs dir & including the files in there?

    If so, how can I stop this?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    On 2011-12-27 01:06, cl00t wrote:

    > I think the .gvfs dir in my home dir which points to my FTP backup
    > drive was being backed up, so the backups were being backed up, so I
    > will reset the backups to exclude this using --exclude ~/.gvfs
    > So I think that problem is solved.


    I think it should not point there. I have never seen anything inside that
    directory.

    cer@Telcontar:~> df .gvfs/
    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    gvfs-fuse-daemon 0 0 0 - /home/cer/.gvfs


    Anyway, it is a nuisance, but you should add filters in your backups to
    exclude that directory.


    > If so, how can I stop this?


    I don't see evidence of that above. :-?

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    .gvfs is a FUSE mount point for network filesystems and some programs (e.g. backup program) don't differentiate. But that was an aside and a red herring.

    What he was saying is that df knows it's a different partition but the My Computer link doesn't appear to. I was also a bit puzzled at first until I understood what he was saying. He should have included a screen shot.

    I don't use My Computer to view usage so I have no idea.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    On 2011-12-27 02:26, ken yap wrote:
    > I don't use My Computer to view usage so I have no idea.


    I assume that My Computer it is a KDE thing? Maybe it knows nothing about
    gvfs, being a gnome thing.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    The 'My Computer' is a desktop item installed by Opensuse automatically & is available after 1st boot on a new KDE only installation, it opens Konqueror. I couldn;t figure out how to upload a screen shot here
    Anyway, it is annoyance & nothing more I guess.
    I have excluded it from backups & all is well now, thanks for the quick replies.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    It's pretty easy to check if .gvfs is counted. Prevent it from mounting and see if the reported disk usage goes down. If so, and there is no way to change this behaviour, I would report it as a bug.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    On 2011-12-27 13:56, ken yap wrote:
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    > It's pretty easy to check if .gvfs is counted. Prevent it from mounting
    > and see if the reported disk usage goes down.


    It is impossible to prevent it. But as he is using KDE, he must have
    started some gnome program as well.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2011-12-27 13:56, ken yap wrote:
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    > It's pretty easy to check if .gvfs is counted. Prevent it from mounting
    > and see if the reported disk usage goes down.


    It is impossible to prevent it. But as he is using KDE, he must have
    started some gnome program as well.
    Of course he can, disconnect or shutdown the remote machine.

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    On 2011-12-27 16:56, ken yap wrote:
    > Of course he can, disconnect or shutdown the remote machine.


    The directory .gvfs is impossible to remove.

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    Default Re: .gvfs shows using disk space in home dir

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2011-12-27 16:56, ken yap wrote:
    > Of course he can, disconnect or shutdown the remote machine.


    The directory .gvfs is impossible to remove.
    It doesn't matter, as long as there no network filesystem mounted at that mountpoint. That's the hypothesis we want to test, whether the My Computer thingy is counting blocks in remote filesystems or not. You will not be able to remove a FUSE mountpoint as a user anyway.

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