Disabling gvfs

Carl Flippin carlf at photocarl.org
Thu Dec 18 00:19:45 UTC 2008

I am running intrepid x64. I am not using gnome and not using
Nautilus. I use ion3 as my window manager and any file operations I
do, I do via a command line. As such, it seems live gvfs does little
for me but, currently, gvfsd-http is occupying over 200M of memory. I
would like, if possible, to remove it.

My questions:

1. What will disabling gvfsd break? I don't use Nautilus or the gnome
desktop. I use ion3 and zsh for most things. I do, however, have some
gnome-related stuff. I run banshee and transmission which seem to save
their settings in gnome directories.

2. Assuming it is not insane to disable gvfsd, how would I do so? I
note that ubuntu-desktop depends on it. Since that's a meta-package,
it seems like it wouldn't be the end of the world to remove that but
it seems like most of the packages on my system would then be hanging
dependencies on a package no longer there. would an auto-remove then
nuke my whole system? Can I just stop it from running somehow?

I googled extensively to try and find answers to these but couldn't
find anything similar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Carl Flippin         | An idealist is one who, on noticing that a
carlf at photocarl.org  | rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes
http://photocarl.org | that it will also make a better soup.
_____________________|      -- H. L. Mencken
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