Failed to browse the SMB network

Bug #1396513 reported by DEDan on 2014-11-26
This bug affects 13 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-commander (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When I click the SMB button, I get message "Failed to browse the network. Is the SMB module installed?"
This message began to appear after upgrading 14.04 to 14.10.

And appears this message, when i trying to run gnome commander in console:

(gnome-commander:11413): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: Failed to activate daemon: The name org.gnome.GnomeVFS.Daemon was not provided by any .service files

Installed Ubuntu 14.10

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: gnome-commander 1.4.3-1build1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-25.33-generic 3.16.7
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-25-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu8
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Wed Nov 26 12:23:12 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-04-30 (574 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
SourcePackage: gnome-commander
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to utopic on 2014-09-25 (62 days ago)

DEDan (zsdedan) wrote :
Uwe (turboscholz) wrote :

This can be fixed by installing libgnomevfs2-extra.

See bug #719485, comment #8.

DEDan (zsdedan) wrote :

I have installed libgnomevfs2-extra, but problem is still present

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-commander (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Nick Havvas (nickhavvas) wrote :

I am running 15.10 and have the same issue. Also installed libgnomevfs2-extra but problem still exists.

same here. 15.10 with libgnomevfs2-extra doesn't work.

Robert Fischer (robs1971) wrote :

the same here, Xubuntu 15.10 libgnomevfs2-extra is installed

Acidicus (acidicus) wrote :

Problem persists in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial, with libgnomevfs2-extra

Paul White (paulw2u) on 2016-11-20
tags: added: xenial yakkety zesty
removed: utopic
Changed in gnome-commander (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Matej Moško (gnaag) wrote :

The problem still present on gnome-commander 1.4.8 and ubuntu 16.10. libgnomevfs2-extra installed

Thomas Hoffmann (sesth) wrote :

Same problem with gnome-commander 1.6.3 and ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
libgnomevfs2-extra installed

bob (bobdabaumasta) wrote :

Same problem with gnome-commander 1.4.7-1build1 on ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
libgnomevfs2-extra installed

Same problem with gnome-commander 1.4.8 and xubuntu 16.10.
libgnomevfs2-extra installed

formatC (formatc79) wrote :

Trotz installiertem libgnomevfs2-extra ging es bei mir zunächst auch nicht…


– Filezilla (aus der Anwendungsverwaltung) installieren
– Verbindungsdaten eingeben
– Verbindung herstellen
– angezeigtes Zertifikat des FTP-Servers überprüfen und als „immer vertrauenswürdig“ speichern.

Danach ging die Verbindung mit gnome-commander 1.4.7 wieder problemlos

formatC (formatc79) wrote :


– install "Filezilla"

– enter connection details to filezilla
  # or any other ftp-client

– establish connection

– VERIFY the shown certificate - mark as trusty
  #gnome commander cannot show this window (that's the problem)

– disconnect

enjoy your gnome-commander

Dominik (domfi) wrote :

Which FTP server? There is no FTP server. Is there a certificate involved in SMB network browsing?

Grange Beach (grange-beach) wrote :

formatc79 could you expand your workaround.

How do you "verify the shown certificate"

how do you get a "shown certificate"

Dirk Hagedorn (hgdrn) wrote :

I upgraded my system from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS and the workaround with libgnomevfs2-extra (#2) does not work anymore, I can reproduce the problem (#3 etc.). The "solution" shown in #14 is not working, installing filezilla has nothing to do with SMB. The bug is still present, no workaround does exist.

aleandro (aleandrodasilva) wrote :

Here unbuntu 18.04 alpha. All workarounds do not work. Gnome commander is running properly in all other functions. I tried the version 1.8.1 too but no solution.

Paul White (paulw2u) on 2018-03-13
tags: added: bionic
removed: yakkety zesty

gnome commender 1.4.8 on Ubuntu 18.04, libgnomevfs2-extra installed. Still have the error and unable to browse samba shares. I see the same error message in the logs: "
(gnome-commander:16996): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: 16:19:02.014: Failed to activate daemon: The name org.gnome.GnomeVFS.Daemon was not provided by any .service files

This bug was opened 4 years ago,it is confirmed, still no resolution or workaround. Wonder others have acan use the SMB feature on the software, or maybe nobody cares?

Dirk Hagedorn (hgdrn) wrote :

Nobody cares, quite annoying.

schollsky (schollsky) wrote :

Same problem here; gnome-commander is version 1.4.8 on Ubuntu 18.04, libgnomevfs2-extra installed.

The problem is missing from libgnomevfs2-extra package!
It is there in trusty(14.04) but it is gone in xenial and further Ubuntu distros.
It is also missing in upstream Debian jessie and futher debian distros, but is present in wheezy package.
You have to ask the package maintainer to put it back as it is needed by GC to browse smbshares.

From the original changelog.Debian lacated in gnomevfs2-common
gnome-vfs (1:2.24.4-4) unstable; urgency=low

  * Switch to multiarch.
    + Update installation paths.
    + Remove the daemon and the smb backend, it doesn’t build anymore
      and nobody uses it anyway. It avoids adding a new package just for
      the daemon.

Joska Hajdu (hjoska21) wrote :

If I understand well Sebastian Byczkowski remarks, the problem is the missing from libgnomevfs2-extra package.
The missing functionality of SMB browsing from gnome-commander is a big pain. Is there any workaround to solve the problem? What should I do?

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