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GNOME Disks 3.12.1.png
Original author(s) Red Hat
Developer(s) David Zeuthen
Stable release 3.18 (September 23, 2015; 11 days ago (2015-09-23)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.17.92 rc (September 16, 2015; 18 days ago (2015-09-16)) [±][2]
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Linux
Platform GNOME
Size 1.4 MB
Available in Multilingual[which?]
Type Disk utility
License LGPL v2+

Disks (also known as gnome-disk-utility or GNOME Disks or palimpsest) is a udisks graphical front-end included in the gnome-disk-utility package.[3] Disks can be used for partition management, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, benchmarking, and software RAID (until v. 3.12).[4] An introduction is included in the GNOME Documentation Project.

Disks was previously known as GNOME Disk Utility or palimpsest. Udisks was named DeviceKit-disks in earlier releases. DeviceKit-disks is part of DeviceKit which was planned to replace certain aspects of HAL. HAL and DeviceKit have both been deprecated.

A unique feature of the partition manager is that tasks are executed in the background, even after the application has been closed by the user.

Disks has been included in several Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Trisquel, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6[5] and CentOS.

GNOME Disks acts as a front-end to udisks2[6] and gvfs-udisks2-volume-monitor. The mount option x-gvfs-show is not recognized by mount.

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  1. ^ Clasen, Matthias (Sep 23, 2015). "GNOME 3.18". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved Sep 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "GNOME 3.17.x Development Series". Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ Richard Petersen (December 1, 2010), Fedora 14: Administration and Security, Surfing Turtle Press, pp. 147–, ISBN 978-1-936280-23-0 
  4. ^ "Disk Utility management for GNOME". 
  5. ^ "Storage". Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Documentation. Redhat. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "udisks2 readme". 

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