So I have been having the exact same issue with Thunar as the user from this post:
The solution is to install and ensure that a variant of FUSE is running. Well according to to my apt - it is already installed (fuse that is, not the version listed in that post). When I try to install the exact version I get an error that it's not in the repo's, which makes sense.
So what do I need to do to solve this problem?
Anyone? I like Thunar, I'd just like to be able to use it with my NAS.
The issue I can browse and copy / paste just fine, as well as delete. But let's say I open a text file from the NAS without copying it to my local PC, then it opens as blank. If I copy it over, the contents are there. This is the only file manager I've experienced this issue with.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
you have to look at the optional dependencies (it's called "install-recommends" in debian) of both thunar and thunar's optional dependencies.
i once had a similar problem and had to install all sorts of gvfs stuff, and its optional dependencies (aka install-recommends).
I gave up on this.
I install the optional dependencies, and gvfs + gvfs-fuse , etc. Googled, etc. Thunar now refuses to even see my network.
sudo apt-get purge thunar
sudo apt-get install nautilus
Oh look, it works. Too bad, I much preferred thunars interface. But I will take function over form for this.
Well after a bit of google-fu I finally wrangled Nautilus into behaving how I want. Which is to have a location bar. The nautilus guys hid the setting for this option. You can toggle on a per windows basis by hitting CTRL+L. But if you close the window, it goes away. The explanation was that it makes for a cleaner file manager. Whatever. It makes for a less useful file manager.
So check this out.
Replace thunar with Nautilus
To permanently enable the path instead of buttons is to use dconf, a "low-level key/value database designed for storing desktop environment settings". Install dconf-tools and launch dconf-editor:
$ sudo apt-get install --yes dconf-tools
Then navigate to org > gnome > nautilus > preferences and check
Why all the hassle? Because I need to constantly connect to Samba shares and Thunar sucks at doing so. Otherwise I prefer it's interface. SpaceFM and others require extensive plugins and don't work 100%. I've tried rox, xfe and a few others. I don't understand why this is so difficult. But anyway, there you go. I hope someone finds it useful.