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gvfs MTP backend is merged!

At last! I’m happy to report that I merged the MTP backend to gvfs master yesterday. It’ll show up in the upcoming 1.15.2 release, and for Ubuntu users, I’ve updated my PPA to include builds for Precise, Quantal and Raring.


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  1. Gary van der Merwe | 13th January 2013 at 01:19 | Permalink

    That is wonderfull news. Thanks for the hard work!

  2. Eric Anholt | 14th January 2013 at 17:58 | Permalink

    Sweet! Excited to replace adb push with the phone at the bootloader :)

  3. Richard Appleby | 18th January 2013 at 09:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing all this great work! Your PPA works fine on Mint too, which as it is based on Ubuntu, you’d expect. Performance is a dog compared to USC (only 4.8MB/s average with a class 10 device during 12GB of music transfers), but given the protocol, I guess that was to be expected. However, just being able to copy files on and off my phone via USB with a GUI file manager is a massive improvement in usability over where I was, for which I am delighted.

    Since I’m running Cinnamon & Nemo, rather than Gnome Shell and Nautilus, I’m not sure how relevant these comments are, but I don’t see working thumbnails for jpeg picture files, and (as you mentioned) opening files “in situ” just doesn’t seem to work, which is very frustrating.

    I understand their reasons, but I still really *really* wish Google hadn’t done this to us :-)

  4. Philip Langdale | 18th January 2013 at 09:58 | Permalink

    Hi Richard,

    Are you seeing 4.8MB/s writing to the device or reading? For writes, that’s about what I’d expect. I typically see reads at 9+MB/s.

    Assuming Nemo still works like Nautilus, you have to set Show Thumbnails to “Always”, and even then it will only show the thumbnails for images where the device has seen fit to generate them. On Nexus devices, that means images inside the DCIM/ directory (ie: Photos you take with the camera). If the image is in another directory, thumbnails don’t appear to get generated.

    Opening files “in situ” can never work due to the protocol, I’m afraid. If you have an app that you wish handled this properly, point the developers to evince as the gold standard. :-)

  5. Christoph | 29th January 2013 at 04:20 | Permalink

    Hello Philip, thanks for all your work! I tested your PPA under Ubuntu 12.10 and everthing works fine. Just a question, did someone build this under Debian Squeezy (or better Crunchbang Walldorf)?


  6. Christian | 4th May 2013 at 02:38 | Permalink

    Thank you very much for integrating MTP into gvfs. Finally you can manage your Android files without manually mounting. Hope to see this on all Linux distributions in the future.

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