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Old 05-22-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Dolphin and sftp protocol problem

I downloaded Slackware64-current to give it a try on my laptop and all went well as usual. However when trying to connect to another computer from Dolphin via sftp I was informed that sftp is an 'invalid protocol'. I can use ftp, though. Same thing happens with Konqueror. Using Konsole I can successfully start sftp, although that is not exactly what I want or need.

For me, this is really a major problem as my office computer can only be accessed at home via secure shell. I need to be able to upload/download files and folders from there and from other machines. I wasn't really aware of how heavily I depend on this until now!

Has anyone else run into this problem? If so, is there a fix or a workaround?

Old 05-22-2010, 11:00 AM   #2
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For secure shell you need to use the fish kioslave.
From within Dolphin, use View -> Location Bar and check the Editable Location box.
Type a command like this 'fish://username@hostname' into the location bar. You may need to add a colon and the portnumber if you are using a nonstandard secure shell port.

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Old 05-22-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks. Works just like sftp:// used to.

BTW, is this brand-new to KDE? Up to and including the previous version I've been using sftp://.


Old 05-22-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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See Eric's comment in his blog about the KDE packages (

The sftp kioslave in KDE 4.4 needs an external library calld “libssh” which I did not add because the bad reviews the quality of that code has gotten in the past. If the libssh developers get their act together then it might have a chance of getting added to Slackware in future, in which case a new compilation of KDE would automatically enable kio_sftp.


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