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I am a total newbie concerning anything to do with Ubuntu/Linux.

I am running 12.04 on VM Player. I am trying to connect my HTC One (Android 4.3) to Ubuntu, and looking online has told me to do:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdelepl/gvfs-mtp

which will (through some magics that I have yet to understand), allow me to properly mount my phone as a usb device. But I keep getting:

Cannot access PPA (https://launchpad.net/api/1.0/~langdelepl/+archive/gvfs-mtp) to get PPA information, please check your internet connection.

I've checked my Internet connection, and even gone to the URL, where it shows:

Object: <lp.systemhomes.WebServiceApplication object at 0x9026d90>, name: u'~langdelepl'

So there is definitely something there. I even tried doing the very involved version where you add the source through the Software Center, but it still didn't work. I've accessed a couple other PPA repositories through the terminal, so it just appears to be this one.

  1. What the heck is causing the problem?
  2. Why do I need MTP?
  3. Is there any method other than MTP that would mount my phone (preferably without being too involved. keep in mind that I am an utter Linux newbie :p )

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!!

Ps. I have made sure about 5 times now that the phone is connected to the VM via the Removable Devices menu. So it likely isn't that.

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  • Are you sure it is ppa:langdelepl/gvfs-mtp? Can you provide the source? – jobin Feb 21 '14 at 17:07
  • askubuntu.com/questions/189591/… Just one of the various sources I've found that say to do this. – DanTheMan Feb 21 '14 at 17:49
  • Alright, so in the meantime I'm using AirDroid as a work-around. I can't compile directly to it, but I can save the .apks to it at least. – DanTheMan Feb 21 '14 at 21:47
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You need to type

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp

to add the repository you want.

MTP is needed to access those device which use Media Transfer Protocol to share data .

you can olso install libmtp9 by typing

sudo apt-get install libmtp9

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  • I am typing sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp but I'm getting the errors. Is libmtp9 an alternative, or a prerequisite, or what? – DanTheMan Feb 21 '14 at 17:51
  • after entering the libmtp9 command, it's saying libmtp9 is already the newest version. libmtp9 set to manually installed 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. – DanTheMan Feb 21 '14 at 17:57
  • I dont know why sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp giving you error if you have working internet connection as it is working fine on my computer. – g_p Feb 21 '14 at 18:02

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