I have no trouble connecting to my FTP server by going to Places > Connect to server...

I can then browse the FTP site to my heart's content with Nautilus for a few minutes.

After a few minutes of inactivity, if I try to bring up a folder on the site, Nautilus just displays a blank page.

The only remedy is to unmount the FTP site and reconnect.

This is quite annoying - is there some timeout issue at play here? Is there some way that I can prevent this from happening?

  • I experience this too, and it is one of the most annoying bugs in ubuntu. You can use the refresh button a few times in nautilus instead of remounting.
    – Nico Burns
    Aug 1, 2010 at 16:42
  • and @Nico: Have you tried my solution? Did it fix the problem?
    – qbi
    Aug 4, 2010 at 19:30
  • @qbi: It only works some of the time. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. It's random. Aug 4, 2010 at 22:22

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You could probably extend the timeout in your system. Open the gconf-editor using sudo gconf-editor and navigate to desktop -> gnome -> session. There you find a key idle_delay. You can change that value by double-clicking on it. Depending from how long you are typically inactive you change it. So if you usually don't have FTP activity for half an hour set it to a value larger than 30.

There is also an entry in Ubuntus bug tracker and in GNOME bug tracker. GNOME seems to work on a fix.

  • 1
    this not work in ubuntu 11.10
    – GGsalas
    Jan 30, 2012 at 1:28

Probably not preventable easily on your end, and a timeout issue is the most likely cause.

That's a bug against gvfs, which would have to be modified to automatically handle such a situation. In the interim, I'd just remount as you've been doing.

You can report a bug against gvfs on Launchpad.

  • Ya... even if it just sent the NOOP FTP command every 2 minutes, that would be great. Jul 30, 2010 at 4:03

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