SSH and SCP connections over WLAN from Ubuntu to your Sailfish device

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Using SSH over WLAN

The SSH connection allows you to issue commands to the phone from your Ubuntu Terminal. Note that the default username in Sailfish OS is different in different versions of the OS.


1. Make sure that both your PC and your Jolla are connected to the same WLAN network (SSID).
2. Check the WLAN IP address of your Jolla in Settings > System > Developer mode.
3. Create and save your SSH password in the same menu page.
4. Launch Linux Terminal app
5. Type the command

echo $HOME

If it replies /home/nemo your username is "nemo". It replies /home/defaultuser your username is "defaultuser".  In the next command, replace "uuuuu" with your real username.

ssh       ## apply your username

where is your WLAN IP address from step 2

6. Enter your SSH password

You are now in the phone system viewing directory $HOME.


Check if there are any txt files in the home directory and view their properties

ls -la *.txt


Using SCP over WLAN

The SCP connection allows you to transfer files between your phone and your Ubuntu computer.

Prepare the connection in the same way as in steps 1 to 4 above. Then type the commands to copy files between the two devices.



In all of the examples below, replace the string "uuuuu" with the correct username which you get with command

echo $HOME

it is one of the two below:
- defaultuser    
- nemo          

1) Copy file "User-manual.txt" from Ubuntu to your phone, to the home directory:

scp  User-manual.txt

2) Copy directory "Scripts" from Ubuntu to your phone, to directory "test":

scp  -r Scripts 

3) Copy file "journal.log" from your phone to Ubuntu (to the current directory):

scp ./

4) Copy all ".log" files from a phone directory ( /var/log) to Ubuntu (to "some other directory"):

scp*.log /some/other/directory



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