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Old 12-21-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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[SOLVED] Videos don't play over network, wireless or wired, using sftp but will play locally

Hello forum,

I am using Gentoo with Gnome (current versions) and when I connect to my network using Nautilus (connect to server) using sftp, everything on my remote computer such as pictures can be accessed fine except for the videos. None of the video players such as VLC, Totem, or Mplayer can play them. With Mplayer I get a message saying "no stream available for handling URL".

These mentioned video players can play the videos locally with no problem so that eliminates a problem being with the players.

I get the same results when I mount it on the command line using the command gvfs-mount sftp://user@, which is the IP address of the remote computer.

I've noticed I do not have a .gvfs folder in my home directory like I do in Ubuntu but I do not know if this has anything to do with the problem. In Ubuntu I can play my videos fine over the network but not in Gentoo. My remote computer is running Ubuntu.

This problem persists both on a wireless network and on a wired network so that eliminates the problem being with my router.

Please keep in mind I can access everything else on the remote computer, everything but the videos. It is not a bandwidth problem because the videos play fine in Ubuntu over the same network.

Would anyone be so kind as to enlighten me as to what the problem might be?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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So you can "download" the videos, just not stream them ?

Do any of those players support streaming over sftp ?

If not, then connect some other way, http for example.
Old 12-21-2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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Hello smoker,

Yes, I can download the movies, just not play them. In totem, it even shows the video buffering for a few seconds, then a blank screen appears with no data moving through the network.

To use http, won't I have to install Apache? I would rather use sftp. It works in Ubuntu using the same network.

Help appreciated,

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Old 12-29-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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I think the reason I can't play videos over the network is because the remote file system is not mounted.

The above link uses sshfs to mount the remote filesystem. I tried this in KDE4 and it worked so I assume it will work in Gnome also.

Old 12-30-2010, 12:11 PM   #5
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Hello again forum,

I fixed my original problem by turning on the fuse use flag in gvfs. It was turned off by default. Now everything plays great. I do not even need sshfs to mount the remote file system anymore because it now mounts in .gvfs in my home directory.

All the best,
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:19 PM   #6
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