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In Dired I'm in a Tramp directory opened with /sftp:... (so using the gvfs backend).

If I use & to open a non-text file with a local external application (ex. evince for PDF) it doesn't do anything (no errors).

It works in a local directory (and it works when I open a text file in the same remote directory).

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sftp is implemented in Tramp by GVFS, so it doesn't support remote processes. You must use a Tramp method like ssh or scp.

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  • but i don't want to use a remote application; i want it to use a local application; and using gvfs, so a local mounted disk, it should behave as if it were a local directory... strange – KrullBorg Jun 15 at 18:28
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    Tramp doesn't provide the files as mounted files. If you want to use them this way, use their mount file names, something like /run/user/<NNN>/gvfs/... – Michael Albinus Jun 15 at 19:16

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