Since I have migrated to Ubuntu 14.04, I am unable to access sftp through Nautilus. If I enter sftp://user@sshserver in Nautilus (Ctrl+L), I get the following error message:

Sorry, could not display all the contents of "vmalep (sftp)": The specified location is not supported.

I'm very confused because it was working with the same server and with the previous version. I have the same problem accessing another ssh server laptop in the same LAN.

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In order to have the sftp:// protocol handled by Nautilus you first need a virtual filesystem provided by the gvfs-backends package. Just install this package and retry:

sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends

If you want more information:

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    it is installed but still "you don't have permission to access the requested location"? Commented Jan 22, 2019 at 16:06
  • I had the "timeout" issue. My mistake was that I mistyped the hostname ip address. It worked fine when I corrected it. Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 10:22

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