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I'm using Nautilus and trying to connect via sftp. When I go to "Other Locations" it shows my other hard drives, but under networks the mouse is just spinning like Nautilus is loading. I have no idea what it's loading.

When I enter my sftp server's IP address, "Connect" is still grayed out like its not done loading. How can I make it connect?

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    What happens when you do this on commandline? Are you allowed to sftp with these network disks? Did it ever work? As it stands now this is a rant and not a problem we can address: we need error notices to help you with or commands that we can check for flaws.
    – Rinzwind
    May 14 '17 at 13:30
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I had this exact same issue. This forum post solved it for me.

It almost sounds like you have a package missing. Try installing it:

sudo apt install gvfs-backends

If it says it's already installed, try reinstalling with

sudo apt --reinstall install gvfs-backends
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  • Thank you for the answer - very helpful. For others, don't forget to open a new Nautilus / file manager window after reinstall to see the changes.
    – anthls
    Dec 7 '20 at 11:39

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