Comprehensive Disk Management GUI

Jan Claeys lists at
Thu Mar 27 03:29:50 UTC 2008

Op dinsdag 25-03-2008 om 20:22 uur [tijdzone -0400], schreef Evan:
> I have noticed a huge number of ideas on Ubuntu Brainstorm for
> different disk management utilities, all of which are slightly
> related, but not enough to be considered duplicates. These can all
> really be summed up into one configuration GUI, and I have created a
> brainstorm for it at
> My proposal for the layout is something like this:
> Tab 1: Free Space 
> -integrate Baobab (and remove it from the applications menu) 
> -create an extensible disk cleaner with default plugins for emptying
> the trash, clearing the firefox cache, deleting old logfiles (using
> policykit), etc. 
> Tab 2: Health 
> -allow setting frequency of fsck, so an option something like: 
>   [x]Automatically check my disks every [35] boots. 
> -a button for immediately checking all filesystems
> -S.M.A.R.T. integration 
> Tab 3: Backup 
> -a scheduled backup utility that can image the entire disk or zip
> certain folders using cron. 
> -allow creating multiple backup 'profiles' for advanced scheduling 
> -incremental backup would be nice, but probably difficult 
> Tab 4: Advanced 
> -integrate the partition editor from the installer, and enhance it to
> allow fstab editing as well 
> The exact implementation of the above features is up for debate, but
> the concept of a unified disk management utility is far more
> important. As far as I know, no other operating system has a such a
> utility, so it would put Ubuntu clearly in the lead in this area. It
> could also be a candidate for the 'main feature' for 8.10 (like
> compiz-fusion was for 7.10). What does everybody think of putting
> something like this in Ubuntu?

I agree that a "disk management" tool would be really cool.

I'm not sure backups should be part of that though?  That seems very odd
to me?  (Maybe it would be more "natural" if it were snapshots à la EVMS
or ZFS.)

Jan Claeys

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