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gedit ftp browser

FTP Browser is a plugin for Gedit that enable direct editing of files from an FTP location. If you own a website, this is a really useful plugin, as you don't have to use a FTP client, login, download the files, then edit them and upload them. You can edit them directly with Gedit.

You could do the same with the File Browser pane but this does not rely on Nautilus.

To install this Gedit plugin, run the following commands in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install subversion
mkdir -p ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins
cd ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins
svn checkout http://gedit-ftp-browser.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ ftp-browser
mv ftp-browser/FTP.gedit-plugin ftp-browser/FTP.py .
sudo rm -r ftp-browser/

Then, close any running instance of Gedit, open it and go to Edit > Preferences, and on the "Plug-ins" tab, check the "FTP Browser" plug-in:

That's about it. To use it, select View > Side Pane and select the FTP Browser tab.

* Obviously, the files are not edited directly on the server, but it feels like so: once the files are saved, they are automatically uploaded so it's just as if you were editing them directly on the FTP server.