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Well, one possible way is to execute:
$ thunar 'sftp://email@example.com/home/dir' &
It will connect to 'some.site.com', and open thunar showing the '/home/dir' directory.
You can even put it on your right-click menu in your WM.
OR: you can open file '$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks' with your favorite text editor, and add line:
And, lower left panel of thunar will show new place called 'dirname'.
Important: for above methods to work seamlessly, you have to use key for your ssh, i.e. you must put your key on remote 'some.site.com'.
Note: it is possible to extend above command to:
thunar 'sftp://firstname.lastname@example.org:port/home/dir' &
where port is ssh port on remote site.
I use gigolo, It's installed by default in the network menu (Main menu > Network > Remote Filesystems) and serves the same purpose as the "connect to server" option in GNOME. If you want a graphical connection it works great. You can also save bookmarks and even leave it running in your systray if you manage your connections frequently.
Linux _is_ user-friendly. It is not ignorant-friendly or idiot-friendly.