Is GVFS (gnome filesystem) needed? how to disable?
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gvfsd is the daemon process for GVFS, the GNOME Virtual File System (or possibly it's predecessor, GnomeVFS). It's a GNOME component that handles filesystem automounting when you're logged into the GNOME-based desktop. This includes devices like USB thumb drives and external HDDs, optical discs (CD/DVD), Samba or NFS or SSHFS network mounts, and other useful userspace filesystems (FUSE).
I wouldn't advise removing it, as it is quite well plumbed in, and means you don't have to manually mount flash drives or CDs etc. But hey, it's your machine. You can be the test pilot if you like. Be sure to report back with your findings though.
You do need gvfs if you want to share with windows clients though, at least that's what I found (Fedora).