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Old 12-19-2009, 07:26 AM   #1
MihirSahasrabudhe
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du gives error : "du: cannot access `./.gvfs': Permission denied"du: cannot access `.


Hi,

I am using Ubuntu 9.04.
I want to calculate the disk usage of users on a system - those in /home/. For this I used the du command.

As root user, when I type
# du /home/mihir
an error message "du: cannot access `./.gvfs': Permission denied", is displayed. Using the exclude option didn't help.
# cd /home/mihir
# du --exclude=".\/.gvfs"

I cannot understand the "Permission denied" message because I key in these command as root. Need some help, please.

Thank You
 
Old 12-19-2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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The ~/.gvfs directory is a FUSE (Filesystem in USErspace) filesystem fronted by Gnome.
See this for a quickie rundown of FUSE: http://fuse.sourceforge.net/

There is a decent discussion of the .gvfs and root access here:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/34333

That references bug reports on both Gnome and Ubu, so it really is distribution agnostic.

Hope that helps!
 
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:27 AM   #3
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What are the permissions of .gvfs?

Code:
ls -ld /home/mihir/.gvfs
ls -ld /home/mihir
Might get us started
 
Old 12-21-2009, 06:29 AM   #4
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The output of ls -ld /home/mihir gives

.
.
dr-x------ 2 mihir mihir 0 2009-12-21 17:51 .gvfs/
.
.
 
Old 12-29-2009, 11:10 AM   #5
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Okay, now what about the output of "ls -ld /home/mihir/.gvfs"?
 
  


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