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    Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    Correct me if I'm missing something. I want to load music files from my server through Exaile's "Open File" command, but when I'm in a file prompt-browser, none of my network shares are up (Samba or SFTP). Why is this?
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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    I noticed the same thing since I prefer exaile to rythmbox.

    I'm guessing it's a result of how the developers implement the open dialog. The Ubuntu 'native' apps (rythmbox, totem) all display network bookmarks in the open dialog but banshee, exaile, vlc do not.

    I've just resorted to using smbmount and sshfs instead of the gui to mount remote filesystems.

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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    *Bump*

    Does anyone have any idea as to why this happens? I would love to know the reason and if there is a fix available.

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    Question Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    I am also very interested in finding a solution.

    SFTP folders in my bookmark are not seen when I click 'open file' through some application ( like Deffuse ).

    Other work as expected ( like Text editor ).

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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    You should find those in the .gvfs folder in your home folder. I have no idea why I am looking for a master bug for this.
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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    IMHO this is a serious shortcoming. Users except the same bookmarks, places and mount points in the file open chooser as in the default file manager (nautilus). I see that they haven't fixed this in lynx either. I can't really see why, because it seems so obvious that this should be how it worked
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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    Agreed. It's little things like this that keep me away from gnome. In KDE all the network locations show up in the places panel, or are accessed by typing smb:/[location] in the location field. The gnome open file dialog doesn't seem to let you open network locations at all. I would love to see this fixed, as some programs use a gtk file dialog (IE Chrome) and leave me no way to access networked files.

    And no, I don't want to mount my network locations to a directory. It's unnecessary in KDE and shouldn't be necessary in gnome either.

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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    Quote Originally Posted by QueequegAZ View Post
    In KDE all the network locations show up in the places panel
    Gnome: Places > Network
    or are accessed by typing smb:/[location] in the location field
    Same in Nautilus.
    The gnome open file dialog doesn't seem to let you open network locations at all.
    I'll admit that it does seem like some kind of prcticle joke by the developers but as stated above it's in a "hidden directory: When you're in the open file dialog, right click and select "show hidden files". Then go to .gvfs and your mounted remote share will be there.
    I don't want to mount my network locations to a directory. It's unnecessary in KDE and shouldn't be necessary in gnome either.
    One way or another the remote share needs to be mounted. In Gnome when you go to Places > Network it will mount it to the .gvfs directory in your home directory.

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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    Now I could be wrong on this but I recall reading some where that this has to do with the application being nautilus aware.

    The easy fix is to just run:
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    cd
    ln -s .gvfs Network
    It will create a folder called Network that is a link to where the shares are mounted. From there you should be able to do what you need to do. Now if only this folder was made by default or provided by gvfs instead of that hidden directory, I mean you already know you mounted it and it is not like it makes things easier to fudge by changing it.
    Last edited by Boondoklife; December 15th, 2010 at 05:33 PM. Reason: Removed Sudo, not sure why I typed it really
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    Re: Can't access network directories with Open File dialog

    Now if only this folder was made by default or provided by gvfs instead of that hidden directory
    Amen.

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