Ubuntu

Disk doesn't show free space in 'filesystem'

Reported by Lean Fuglsang on 2004-10-03
10
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Nautilus
Fix Released
Low
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Low
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

If you open Computer->Disk and right click on 'Filesystem', you cannot se the
free space of the drive (or how big it is)

It works on other drives, and if you go to /mnt and right click on drives there.

http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=154512: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=154512

Matt Zimmerman (mdz) wrote :

I think that the Filesystem icon is special, since it doesn't actually
correspond to a particular storage device (it spans all mounted devices).
Sebastien, is that true?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

(In reply to comment #1)
> I think that the Filesystem icon is special, since it doesn't actually
> correspond to a particular storage device (it spans all mounted devices).

Yes. I'm not sure that this could be handled in a different way ...

Lean Fuglsang (lean-ubuntu) wrote :

But how should a user then know how much free space is on the disc where they
have installed their filesystem (without noticing the free space in every
directory).
/ is mounted in fstab, so it is not that it spans multiple filesystems. You
could also mount something in another mounted directory. Like /mnt/hdc1/hda4 or
something.
Then both hdc1 and hda4 will show up i 'Disks', and the free space is correct,
even if hdc1 'spans multiple filesystems'.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

I've reported the bug upstream:
http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=154512

Lionel Dricot (ploum) on 2006-03-30
Changed in nautilus:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Changed in nautilus:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Neilen Marais (neilenmarais) wrote :

Hmm, see this bug has been inactive for a long time. It seems more important than a priority "low" bug to me. I've been annoyed by it several times, almost always when trying to show off ubuntu to interested parties. I don't even use windows, yet I expect free space to be shown here ;) And I keep getting embarrassed over and over; I forget every time since in daily life I'm a command-line junky.

Neilen Marais (neilenmarais) wrote :

Actually, this is not quite the right bug I had in mind. I am really talking about https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/41262

David Tomaschik (matir) wrote :

At least as of Hardy Alpha 3, this bug seems to be fixed on my system. Right clicking on "Filesystem" provides a nice graph of free and used space. (but only for the fs mounted on /). Upstream also seems to think it is fixed.

Neilen Marais (neilenmarais) wrote :

Yep, fixed in released hardy as far as I'm concerned. Showing free space for the root partition is the correct behavior as far as I'm concerned... I think this bug is safe to close?

Neilen Marais (neilenmarais) wrote :

On second thought... "Filesystem" is kind of a meta-concept that just happens to include the root parition. What would probably make sense is to summarise all the mounted filesystem's info somehow. This is actually a surprisingly complicated issue to present completely logically in an UI ;)

Perhaps it needs a new usability bug?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the issue is fixed in hardy, closing the bug

Changed in nautilus:
assignee: seb128 → desktop-bugs
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in nautilus:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Low
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