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I have several nautilus bookmarks pointing to SSH servers, so that I can easily access them. Out of nowhere this doesn't work anymore. When I open a bookmark or enter ssh://user@server in the location bar, Nautilus completely freezes and doesn't recover (edit: same with sftp://). I can kill Nautilus and the desktop will load again. Everything else works as it should. As soon as I try to access a server through ssh, nautilus freezes again.

Nothing was changed on the servers and no updates have been installed on the computer. A reboot doesn't help, either.

I use key-authentication if that is important. I AM being asked for the key-passphrase and then the freeze occurs.

Update: This stopped working while I was using it. I was uploading some files, did something else, and when I got back to upload some more edited files the freezing began. To me this feels like some messed up or incomplete cache files that nautilus still tries to use.

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closed as too localized by Bruno Pereira Mar 16 '12 at 13:18

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You should file a bug report, check the following instructions: – João Pinto Nov 29 '10 at 19:31
have you checked from the CLI to make sure your keys aren't expired/there isn't some uncaught command line prompt? always a fan of pinning down a problem before i say "something is wrong". that way I can say "I think THIS is wrong" – RobotHumans Nov 29 '10 at 21:06
CLI works. On other computers with the same configuration Nautilus server-connections still work. See updates to the question. – mniess Dec 1 '10 at 14:12
If you open nautilus from a shell and try to click on a ssh bookmark, are there any errors reported on the cli? – Pavlos G. Dec 2 '10 at 16:24
Unfortunately nautilus automatically detaches itself when run from the CLI, so you won't get any messages. There are no verbosity-options, either. – mniess Dec 3 '10 at 15:57

It may not be a perfect solution but sometimes it may work.

Just try sftp://user@server instead of ssh://user@server

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I'm not sure, but I think they are synonymous. Anyway, the result is the same ;( – mniess Nov 30 '10 at 12:29

Have you tried mounting the remote filesystem via sshfs and then browsing it via Nautilus? I think that if that works it would then eliminate the remote server, the local ssh client, and non-gvfs parts of Nautilus as problems. (I'm not sure what is in the middle there or if gvfs is involved at all- but it would provide more information if this works.)

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Using sshfs works. Opening the mounts with nautilus works as expected. If it wouldn't work it'd mean nautilus can't open fuse mounts anymore. I tried deleting .gvfs but that didn't help. I'll now try to force-remove/purge all nautilus and gvfs-related packages and reinstall them. – mniess Dec 3 '10 at 15:53

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