I have had a look in the file browser app and the External Drives app, long-pressing various items in both apps, and looking for any "menu" items in both of these apps, but I haven't found how to see the size of the card.

In Ubuntu 16.04 (on my desktop computer), for example, I can start the Disks utility (actually an application called gnome-disks, and not gnome-disk-utility as shown Disks > Menu > About) and see total size and % used for each storage unit (SSD, HDD, and external drives).

I can also see a drive's total space and free space from within Files (actually nautilus).

How do I do it on this tablet?

  • There's an app called "ciborium" that I thought was installed by default that shows disk space options. I'm not sure how it's named from a user perspective, I'll have to check once I get my m10 back up and running... Mar 14, 2017 at 14:29

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I am afraid that I don't have an SD card to hand and so can't test my M10 using Nautilus.

Have you installed any software on your M10? I just checked and I could install gnome-disk-utility. That might be your best bet since you are already comfortable using it.

To install it you will first need to create a container. If you haven't done this before it's best to do it by ssh'ing into the machine [see answer here for and explanation].

This container will be called '4installs'.

libertine-container-manager create -i 4installs

To install the application:

libertine-container-manager install-package -p gnome-disk-utility -i 4installs

Now Disks will be available to use.

Alternatively you can check this info in the Terminal app:

df -h

will list all the filesystem partitions, their size and available space and where they are mounted.

  • Thanks for your answer @Jack. I am trying to avoid installing software into this tablet via creating containers, so that: (a) the OTA update process continues to work; and (b) I am able to give useful feedback to Canonical and BQ Support regarding the OS and device. If it becomes inevitable, I would start by using the terminal, but I'm also trying to avoid using the terminal on this device, for the reason described at (b) above. I believe the functionality I require is a basic necessity. Mar 2, 2017 at 1:02
  • Creating containers doesn't cause any problems with OTA updates. It did in the past but this issue has been addressed since OTA 11 as far as I remember. For what it's worth I think you are correct that what you are looking for should be basic functionality. Not a lot of people seem to look at ubuntu-touch questions here. It might be worth posting a link to the ubuntu-touch email list. I'll post to the ubuntu-touch Freenode channel now.
    – Jack
    Mar 2, 2017 at 10:36
  • OK that's news to me about the containers and OTA updates. That seems like a big deal, so I'm surprised that known/registered owners of Ubuntu Touch devices weren't advised. I sent an email about this exact same issue to ubuntu-tablet@lists.launchpad.net on 1 March 2017. Mar 3, 2017 at 5:23
  • Is that an active list? The archives don't seem very up to date: lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-tablet You might get a better response on lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-phone
    – Jack
    Mar 3, 2017 at 11:58
  • I have no idea whether it's active or not. I'll send the same email to ubuntu-phone@lists.launchpad.net as well - thanks. Mar 4, 2017 at 5:57

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