nautilus ssh://foo.com

I know no real geek would dream of using nautlius or any file browser, after all the pinnacle of UI design was the screen on the vt220, however this is so cool as to make it worth it. If only for your “friends” so that they will stop using ftp. I know this is not new news to many but I was surprised to discover a few people who I expected to know this did not. I'll not name names.

The nautilus file browser will allow you to browse files over ssh. If you have a system “foo.com” into which you can ssh, with or without a password then enter this URI into the nautlius location bar: “ssh://foo.bar” If you can't see the location bar hit the pencil symbol it allows you to type it in.

I did this on a system running Nevada build 58 and it then proceeded to ask me if I wished to store my passwords in the gnome keyring and then popped up a window displaying the root file system of my remote system.

Now if you bookmark that you can easily copy data from one place to another using a secure and if you have set up ssh to do it, compressed channel.

Very cool on a laptop and you need to copy files onto your server or if you want to browse your home server from work.

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Hey , Nice piece of information that :). Just about to try it on my latest opensolaris build ;) thanks taggy

Posted by taggy on February 27, 2007 at 02:38 AM GMT #

I love you man couldnt remember how to do this for so long, i was banging my head against the wall googleing for it.... now i can get back to my joomla server ;) thx

Posted by John on March 07, 2007 at 12:16 PM GMT #

I don't know if it is any different on Nevada, but I just tried this on a Sun Ray server running Solaris 10. I got it working eventually, but it took some doing. The biggest stumbling block is that the first command nautilus sends is "LC_ALL=C ls -l" which is fine if you are using sh or bash, but fails with csh. Did you have this problem? I eventually got around it by making a script called "LC_ALL=C" that just executed it's command line, but that's a huge kludge.

Posted by Brian Utterback on March 13, 2007 at 10:02 AM GMT #

I had no trouble, but since I use a proper shell (ksh) ;-) that is not surprising.

Trussing the nevada nautilus shows that it is using sftp which would work even for cshell suffers.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on March 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM GMT #

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