I have some samba share mounted via Nautilus and I'd like to access the files from command line. They used to appear under $HOME/.gvfs but not any more.

Where have they gone to?

2 Answers 2


Since Ubuntu 12.10, gvfs mounts can be found in /run/user/<uid>/gvfs.

Where /run/user/<uid> is the value of env $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR

  • Note: you can get the <uid> by the command id -u and by using the backticks you can get the output in another commandline, like this: "ls -al /run/user/id -u/gvfs "
    – jringoot
    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:35
  • backticks are alas interpreted as markup elements, google it to find out how to use them, there are a lot of good forum examples.
    – jringoot
    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:38

As Eric's answer says, it also applies to 14.04:

It is in /run/user/<uid>/gvfs instead of /run/user/<username/login>/gvfs.

Please note that:

<uid> is user id = number


<username/login> is a string, human readable user name

Where one to the other is mapped through /etc/passwd or any other nss module (e.g. ldap). The numbers is actually stored on disk while the name is just for humans :-)


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