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How can I transfer media to Jolla on Ubuntu 14.04?

asked 2014-04-01 21:54:33 +0200

Harakiri gravatar image

updated 2015-08-16 23:35:48 +0200

rainisto gravatar image

When I enable the USB connection (PC connection mode), nothing happens. I f**king hate this MTP! Please enable USB Storage or give a free hammer to the users.

I installed mtpfs - didn't work. I installed gmtp - couldn't detect anything. Didn't work.

On the other hand, when I connect my Nexus 7, it works immediately via MTP. As well as Samsung Galaxy S2.

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@tuniek look at his profile. He was last seen in February. I think this question should be merged with Why is Jolla/sailfish so hard to connect to linux?

jollailija ( 2015-08-17 14:53:02 +0200 )edit

@ jollailija fact :)

tuniek ( 2015-08-17 14:56:09 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-01 22:44:27 +0200

m_josenhans gravatar image
  1. Connect Jolla device via USB to the computer.
  2. On Jolla device select "PC-Connection"
  3. A new file explorer pops up on Ubuntu.
  4. Go to Sailfish/Phone Memory/Pictures folder
  5. When you try to open the pictures directly in Ubuntu, you will get a message "Could not open image - Failed to open input stream"
  6. Thus copy the pictures from Sailfish/Phone Memory/Pictures folder into another folder on Ubuntu
  7. Open the pictures from copy destination folder (where the pictures copied to)
  8. Have fun!!!
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Fails at step 3, as I said. Nothing happens.

Harakiri ( 2014-04-01 23:10:37 +0200 )edit

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit version.

m_josenhans ( 2014-04-02 10:16:24 +0200 )edit

I use 32bits Ubuntu. MTP works but is very unstable. Sometimes I have to reboot the phone before to plug it again in order to have it available.

I don't know who is to blame between sailfish and ubuntu

Tigre-Bleu ( 2014-04-02 11:37:48 +0200 )edit

I have tried with gmtp on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. That worked from me in both directions. I have downloaded multiple 0.9 GB Ubuntu iso image files to the Scard and back again. I do not have seen a sign of instability. Could you check the Ubuntu 64-bit version? Note: I have the developer mode not activated.

m_josenhans ( 2014-04-03 10:29:28 +0200 )edit

I just tried using nautilus, never tried gmtp. I mostly use it to transfer music to the phone.

I have no 64 bit ubuntu to test on, sorry

Tigre-Bleu ( 2014-04-03 16:28:57 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-04-02 10:48:27 +0200

Slavov Welsinksi gravatar image

On 13.10 I had the same problem as you have now and I was dumbfounded as to why it just worked for other people. Since upgrading to 14.04 64bit beta my phone is recognized as mass storage. Perhaps try upgrading to a newer kernel to see if that fixes it.

When I was stuck on 13.10 I used to copy files over via bluetooth, sd card or SSH.

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I have the same problem now. It's no longer recognised.

Slavov Welsinksi ( 2014-04-05 22:28:44 +0200 )edit

it works on 14.04 lts 32 bits for me. sometimes i need to plug in twice. but thats it during the last 6 months (had always recent version)

pawel ( 2015-08-16 21:18:33 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-04-02 12:20:11 +0200

fblm gravatar image

ssh and corresponding scp is very convenient. With a bit of changes around sshd_config you can even use public_key authorization.

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answered 2015-08-16 18:53:08 +0200

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  1. sudo apt-get install mtpfs
  2. Edit: /etc/fuse.conf uncomment: user_allow_other and mount_max = 1000
  3. restart udev or whole Ubuntu
  4. connect your Jolla handset via USB ... and enjoy

TESTED with Ubuntu 14.04

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This also works for me (Ubuntu 12.04)

SKyd3R ( 2015-08-24 10:49:05 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-04-01 22:00:20 +0200

thisisme gravatar image

I have developer mode enabled and transfer files through ssh from my computer to Jolla. But sometimes USB mass storage could be handy...

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How can I access the external SD card via SFTP? If I try to go to /data/media/ I get "remote readdir("/data/media"): Permission denied"...or is it at some other location? There's /mnt/sdcard, but nothing there.

Harakiri ( 2014-04-01 22:11:10 +0200 )edit

It's nowadays under /media/sdcard/...

hzb ( 2014-04-01 22:39:56 +0200 )edit

Oh, right...now I can access that. Thanks.

Harakiri ( 2014-04-01 22:50:56 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-04-02 13:21:53 +0200

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updated 2014-04-02 13:57:28 +0200

Hi. Just an idea. Please check at your Jolla settings -> USB -> Standard USB Mode. There is an option for "only charging". Change to "always ask". As I use german ui maybe the terms are slightly different. Hope that helps

edit: sorry, did not read that you enabled the connection. But another point: your on ubuntu 14.04 which is beta at the moment. Please check on launchpad if there is a known error with libmtp or gvfsd-mtp.

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answered 2015-08-16 19:24:06 +0200

Get Ubuntu 15.04. For me it's working flawlessy out-of-the-box, every time. I'm using Ubuntu 15.04 64bit and Sailfish OS

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Ubuntu is a low-quality distro as is, but non-LTS versions are simply beyond bad, they are raw beta versions thrown out to be tested by users. If a non-LTS version works for you, it only means that you are lucky.

ScumCoder ( 2015-08-16 21:19:02 +0200 )edit

According to my experience Sailfish is the only low-quality distro here.

SuperPhone ( 2015-08-16 21:57:50 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-08-16 20:25:17 +0200

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On Debian Jessie MTP works. Just do not forget to EXIT developer mode. Otherwise, strangely the access is not complete.

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answered 2014-04-01 22:47:26 +0200

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Easy. Just enter "mtp:/" in dolphin (or whatever filebrowser you choose). But wait: I'm using Kde. Here's a link to a similar question I asked some time ago: https://together.jolla.com/question/8638/linux-access-phone-storage-via-usb/

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I'm not sure if that helps, because as I wrote in my post, both Nexus 7 and SGS2 work via MTP. Jolla doesn't. But the problem could be anywhere.

Harakiri ( 2014-04-01 23:10:25 +0200 )edit

well, for me it works with jolla ...

stephan ( 2014-04-02 11:44:25 +0200 )edit
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