Thunar is slow when browsing automounted NFS shares

Marko Cupać marko.cupac at
Fri Dec 2 09:34:04 UTC 2016

I'm including xfce mailing list as well.

On Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:22:37 +0100
Olivier Duchateau <duchateau.olivier at> wrote:

> There's a mailing list for Xfce related questions :)

I have just subscribed. I guess it was about time after using it for
more than 5 years as primary DE :)

> Before I want to know, if Thunar is running in daemon mode (for
> faster startup).

I don't think so.

> Can you display result of ps x | grep thunar?

pacija at efreet:~ % ps x | grep Thunar
1241 v4  S    0:01,07 /usr/local/bin/Thunar (thunar)
1454  1  R+   0:00,00 grep Thunar

> NFS bug is well known, fixes since 1.5.x (according to Xfce's bug
> tracker). In fact problem often comes from gvfs (in your case
> gvfsd-network).

I'm at Thunar-1.6.10_2, gvfs-1.26.3_2. I don't see gvfsd-network in ps:

pacija at efreet:~ % ps x | grep gvfs
1163  -  I    0:00,03 /usr/local/libexec/gvfsd
1171  -  S    0:00,08 /usr/local/libexec/gvfs-hal-volume-monitor
1173  -  I    0:00,03 /usr/local/libexec/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor
1243  -  I    0:00,02 /usr/local/libexec/gvfsd-metadata
1245  -  S    0:00,10 /usr/local/libexec/gvfsd-trash --spawner :1.8 /org/gtk/gvfs/exec_spaw/0
1465  1  S+   0:00,00 grep gvfs

> If you change value of AutoMount (true -> false)
> in /usr/local/share/gvfs/mounts/network.mount is there notable
> changes?

Did the change but no improvements.

On Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:42:54 +0000
Ben Woods <woodsb02 at> wrote:

> I noticed this exact same behaviour last night, when I set up
> autofs(5) for the first time.

I thought that from '...automounted NFS shares' in subject it will be
clear that I am using autofs, but I see now I should explain it in more

My auto_master:

pacija at efreet:~ % sudo cat /etc/auto_master
/net		-hosts		-nobrowse,nosuid,intr

How client sees exports on server:

pacija at efreet:~ % showmount -E mephala

> Olivier: My understanding was that the autofs(5) behaviour should be
> transparent to thunar, and therefore it should not be related to gvfs
> at all?

This was my understanding as well. Perhaps some fight between the two?

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Marko Cupać

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