details -> overview disk size includes network mounts

Bug #980317 reported by Terry on 2012-04-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

[Impact]: it's a stable GNOME updated include a fix for disk space calculation being wrong
[Development Fix] the new version is in quantal:
[Stable Fix] that's a bug fix update from upstream

[Test Case]
look to the disk stats in the system settings on a system with NFS mounts
1) Go to system settings
2) Choose Details in the System section
3) Ensuring 'Overview' is chosen look at the Disk size and ensure it does not include nfs or other network mount points

[Regression Potential] the change concerns the info section of system setting, the regression potential is to have disk space computation wrong in case it was not before in that dialog (i.e purely informational, nothing rely on that)

The disk size in details -> overview appears to include network mounts such as NFS in 12.04
(I can't recall if it did this in previous versions).

Is this the correct behaviour or should it exclude network mounts?

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

My disk size says 199.7 GB however fdisk shows the disk as being 250GB. Naturally, since it is less no nfs mounts are showing up.

tags: added: precise
affects: util-linux (Ubuntu) → gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Terry (terry-kryogenic) wrote :

My hdd is 300GB, NFS totals about 450GB and as a result 790GB is usually reported as the disk size (with 40GB taken from somewhere, I don't know what). The interesting thing happens when I umount the NFS shares then the disk size is suddenly reported as 1.3TB. Something not quite right here :)

If it weren't so late I would take a look. Maybe in the morning.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in gnome-control-center:
importance: Unknown → Low
status: Unknown → New
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for sending the bug to GNOME

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Changed in gnome-control-center:
status: New → Fix Released
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

gnome-control-center (1:3.4.2-0ubuntu1) quantal; urgency=low

  * New upstream release

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
summary: - ubuntu 12.04 details -> overview disk size includes network mounts
+ details -> overview disk size includes network mounts

Thanks for uploading the fix for this bug report to -proposed. However, when reviewing the package in -proposed and the details of this bug report I noticed that the bug description is missing information required for the SRU process. You can find full details at but essentially this bug is missing some of the following: a statement of impact, information regarding the development fix, a test case and details regarding the regression potential. Thanks in advance!

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

@Brian: is the summary matching what you expect?

description: updated
description: updated

Hello Terry, or anyone else affected,

Accepted into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Terry (terry-kryogenic) wrote :

I've just installed and tested gnome-control-centre from proposed and it is now working as expected.

tags: added: verification-done
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-control-center - 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.2

gnome-control-center (1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.2) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/96_sound_nua_panel.patch:
    Fix segfault on selecting bluetooth input (LP: #1004384)

gnome-control-center (1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.1) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  * New upstream bug fix version:
    Ignore NFS and removable mounts when calculating disk size (lp: #980317)
 -- David Henningsson <email address hidden> Fri, 25 May 2012 12:08:05 +0200

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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