I'm having real problems copying files from my phone (Samsung S5 mini) to my laptop (Kubuntu 15.10). I've tried many of the suggestions on other sites, such as

I can connect and browse files, but when I try to open or copy them, usually my CPU goes into overdrive for a bit, and then eventually gives up with this message: The process for the mtp protocol died unexpectedly. Occasionally, however, it does work. I have no idea what the difference is. Once, after a successful copy, I changed directory and tried to copy some other files, and the mtp connection died. Obviously, the setup here hadn't changed in the meantime.

mtp-detect gives the following result libmtp version: 1.1.9

Listing raw device(s)
Device 0 (VID=04e8 and PID=6860) is a Samsung Galaxy models (MTP).
   Found 1 device(s):
   Samsung: Galaxy models (MTP) (04e8:6860) @ bus 4, dev 9
Attempting to connect device(s)
ignoring libusb_claim_interface() = -6PTP_ERROR_IO: failed to open session, trying again after resetting USB interface
LIBMTP libusb: Attempt to reset device
LIBMTP PANIC: failed to open session on second attempt
Unable to open raw device 0

I'd like to avoid things like adb/gvfs/fuser, since mtp should just work. I'll fall back to bluetooth if I really can't figure it out.

Other things which don't work:

  • Like this guy, I can't seem to connect at all through USB2.
  • If I switch the phone into camera mode it doesn't get detected at all.


I've discovered a duplicate. That question was first, and it has one answer, but I think I provided a bit more information. What's the recommended procedure here? Should I close this as a dupe? Add a link from their question to here? Ideally I think I would put a bounty on the other question. (This added question might be a candidate for the meta section, but I would guess that it is a duplicate there, which seems like recursive meta and might make my brain explode.)

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