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I'm not overly impressed by gftp. Coming from using windows commander, which is one of the best programmes I ever used under windows, I find gftp rather clumsy, totally slowing down the workflow.
Windows commander (sorry, it's not freeware, but nevertheless a brillant all-purpose tool) has absolutely the best handle on ftp, can be operated by mouse as well as from the keyboard with ease, is multithreaded, has a very good renaming tool etc.
I find it hard to believe the linux world should have nothing adequate.
So what do you use?
I'm a newbie to linux so until I feel more comfortable, I won't be using it for serious production. I'd like to figure out how to configure the editor..the path to programs on linux still has me a bit confused.
It would be nice if MC could transfer over scp, I hardly use FTP any more.
Ftp with gmc, as I try it now, adds a fake "#server-name" folder to the root of the file tree it displays in the left pane, and then allows you to navigate that folder as if it were a local folder. Not bad. Presumably that means it allows for uploads and downloads by drag-and-drop on a Gnome desktop. (gmc == Gnome Midnight Commander)
Nautilus, the newer file manager intended to replace gmc in the Gnome desktop, does about the same thing, except that it doesn't seem to add anything to the filesystem tree. Personally, I find that a little disapplointing, as I don't see any point in a graphical file manager if it doesn't give me a tree view, but that's clearly personal taste.
Presumably both of these use the Gnome VFS to accomplish such support, and therefore will support sftp as soon as the Gnome VFS does. I doubt SCP support will ever come in such a client, simply because there is no way (that I know of) to get a directory listing with scp.
<added>By "such a client" I mean a Gnome VFS based client.</added>