In the past, having used the “Connect to server” feature in GNOME, you could easily access the remote server’s filesystem from within Nautilus, but it was impossible to access it from the command line (please correct me if I miss something here). Now GNOME uses gvfs. As soon as GNOME connects to the remote server, for instance an anonymous FTP server, you can effortlessly access the files on the server using command line tools by changing to the
/home/<USER>/.gvfs/<server_connection_name> directory. This also gives us the chance to do some other cool things, like initiating file transfers from a remote server A to a remote server B using our desktop. Beautiful!
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