Using sftp transport for branching?

John Arbash Meinel john at
Wed Jul 5 14:51:41 BST 2006

Iwan Vosloo wrote:
> Hi there,
> from various sources on the 'net it seems that you can use sftp here
> (for example):
>  bzr branch sftp://[stuff] mylocalbranch
> But it does not seem to work if I try it.  Assuming I'm in ~iwan/ and I
> execute the command above, I always get:
> bzr: ERROR: Not a branch: /home/iwan/sftp:/[stuff]
> So it looks like bzr interprets the sftp URL as a subdirectory name, not
> an sftp URL.
> Should I be able to do this?
> (I'm using bzr 0.8.2 - on dapper)
> Thanks
> -i

You have to have 'paramiko' installed. The new 0.9 will give you a
better warning about not supporting 'sftp://' though it doesn't give you
the nicest warning (yet) about needing to install paramiko.

sudo apt-get install paramiko

Should fix your problem.


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