Using Ubuntu-Raring I connect via 'Files/Connect-to-server': ssh://root@myhost:mysshport/

connection works ok, but I am connected to '/root' on the target system and can not reach the filesystem root (I can not do a 'cd /' via the UI)

How can I specify my connect string so that the mount point is the filesystem root? (Note: when I do the same under Win via Bitvise client I get a selector to chose '/' or '/root' so there does not seem to be a problem on the server side.)

Thanks a lot for any hints!

  • Bitvise is still a bit buggy and will disconnect your sessions randomly. Better try Putty which is reliable and stable – Denja Sep 14 '16 at 17:33

nautilus always connects to the user directory of the server, and I did not figure a way out to connect directly to "/" , this is a working workaround.

If you specify a Path when connecting,

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You can go back in the filesystem of the Server (or, for me, my iPhone). See that you got the option to go back in the top.

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Then you can click on "[user] on [the server IP]" (for me, "root at"), you get then to the root of the Server.

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EDIT: I just found out if you cannot see the bar on the top to go back to root, you can press ALT+ArrowUP and you will see it.

Tested on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with GNOME nautilus 3.10.1.

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    This works perfectly for me on Xubuntu 16.04 with Nautilus 3.14.3 as well. – travisw Sep 6 '16 at 15:18

Another workaround to achieve this goal is that after connecting to the server using root user, press CRTL+L to make nautilus let you change the path, so you can change it to whatever path you desire (In your case you can simply remove /root from it's tail).

  • ctrl+L saved my life – php_nub_qq Sep 14 '19 at 7:43

I don't know a real solution to this. BUT i'm using the following workaround. Since I always land in the home directory I just made there one or more symbolic links to where I would like to go. So to reach the root FS I did...

ln -s / ~/rootfs

Now I can access the root directory either by sftp://user@myhost/rootfs or by clicking on the link by hand from the home directory.

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