KDE 4 and gvfs

In order for the KDE Disc Burner, K3b to recognize and use a suitable CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, gvfs or another Glib2 vfs manager must be installed, followed by a reboot. See below if you don't need KDE.

Gvfs-1.8.1-x86_64.sfs has all that is needed for K3b in KDE 4.

gvfs is not needed for Pburn, only for K3b and other apps that rely on GIO/gvfs.

What is gvfs?

gvfs (GNOME Virtual Filespace) is a userspace virtual filesystem designed to work with the i/o abstractions of GIO in Glib2. This package has several modules that are automatically used by applications using libgio, and gvfs allows display of local disk drives under 'Places' in some file managers and Gtk File -> Open dialogs.

gvfs is not included in the base ISO or the KDE SFS because it seems to have some overhead, (I've observed ~50-100 more processes when gvfs is active.)

Gvfs-1.8.1-x86_64.sfs includes the following packages:


What if I want to try gvfs without the KDE SFS?

You'll need to install both the Gvfs SFS above and a Udisks SFS, then reboot. udisks was previously named

Udisks-1.0.2-x86_64.sfs includes the following packages:


What happened to HAL?

gvfs and udisks, along with udev and fuse kernel support is an effective replacement for HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer). I read that HAL is no longer being maintained.