places: / vs. File System

J dreadpiratejeff at
Fri Jun 18 20:52:28 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 14:14, Albert Wagner <albertwagner at> wrote:
> I've just upgraded from 8.04 to 10.04.   Among the differences that confuse
> me is the difference in the "Places" menu between "/" and "File System".
> Both bring up a File Browser, with mostly the same directories, but with
> different contents.  I have always assumed that there was only one directory
> tree in Linux, so this difference in contents confuses me.  Can someone
> please clarify this for me?

This is probably garbage left over from 8.04 (the "/" entry).

I, for example, did an upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 and do not have
these dual entries...

but you are correct, they should be the same.  / is the root
filesystem (everything else falls under / somewhere) and Filesystem
should show you the root filesystem

However, on my system, the Places menu has neither.  BUT, the File
System entry does appear in Nautilus when it launches (whenever I
click on any of the Places items).

so... YMMV, I guess... though you may want to open a bug against the
... I dunno... gnome-panel maybe?

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