I recently made a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 and I noticed an item .gvfs in my home folder.

It is very strange, since it is visible even though it has a leading .

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What is even stranger is that I cannot determine the owner of the file:

drwxrwxr-x  2 martin martin 4096 juil.  6 17:48 .gstreamer-0.10
d?????????  ? ?      ?         ?              ? .gvfs
-rw-rw-r--  1 martin martin   68 nov.  16  2013 .hgrc


I am sorry, I put my question too vaguely:

  1. What is the purpose of this file/directory?
  2. Why doesn't it contain any information in ls -la?
  3. What does its presence and corruption tell about my system?
  4. What should I do with it?
  5. Why is it visible even with a preceding .?


After reboot, the item disappeared.

  • In 12.04 it's an empty folder. – Parto Jul 7 '14 at 16:31
  • It is not a file, but a directory which should be a FUSE mount handled by the gvfs-fuse-daemon process and in your case it seems to be corrupted. – Radu Rădeanu Jul 7 '14 at 16:51

It serves as mount point for GVFS-Fuse.

gvfs is a userspace virtual filesystem where mount runs as a separate processes which you talk to via dbus. It also contains a gio module that seamlessly adds gvfs support to all applications using the gio API. It also supports exposing the gvfs mounts to non-gio applications using fuse.Ubuntu Packages

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