Leap 15.2, File Transfer

While trying to transfer image files from a camera Leap 15.2 displays an error stating “unable to establish a camera URL”, installed digiKam which did not work, gwenview can’t establish a connection, and Showfoto is useless. Any ideas?


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Because you are talking about Digikam an GWenview, I assume you are using a desktop environment. But you failed to explain which one.

In KDE, when the user “in the seat” connects a mass storage device, a popup shows what can be done with it (like opening with Dolphin, copying with GWenview, etc.). That works, od course, also for cameras that report hemelves as being mass-storgae (most often a VFAT or NTFS file system or so).

However cameras can also use the PTP (picture to picture) protocol. In most cases a camera can switch between both protocols.

It might also be good to know how the camera is actually connected? USB, Bluetooth, WiFi …? What camera exactly? If it’s USB


directly after plugging in and


may shed some light on it.

If the camera will not switch, set DisableSwitching to 1 in /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf and see if that solves the problem.

Thank you, thank you very much.

Hope solution will be posted.

No solution yet. Still unable to transfer image files from camera, which is connected via USB port using KDE and is a Canon A590. In the past, I was able to transfer image files with earlier versions of OpenSuse.

I use a digital camera since 2007. I downloaded some 60,000 photos and movies to openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed by connecting the camera to an USB port of the computer. Device notifier pops up and offers to download or view the photos. This worked consistently for 14 years and it still does work now. I have no idea what you are trying to do.

There is also not enough information to help you yet.

See the request of @kasi042 and please answer these questions, so lsusb and dmesg
On dmesg, you might use “dmesg --follow-new” and post what happens after you plug in the camera.

While some of what you ask is certainly interesting, I see that you and some others still do not have understood (where the OP has told this at leasdt two times) that the camera is not connected (plugged in) at all. It is integrated in the system, thus it can not be plugged in or out.

I am not native English but the fist message is confusing to me.
Later I read:

which is connected via USB port using KDE and is a Canon A590

That is plain English to me, if it is connected via the USB port it can be disconnected and reconnected.

To begin with, I must apologize, I mixed this thread with another one where the OP had a camera internal to the system (and thus plugging was not applicable).

That said, as the name says, USB is a “bus”. Which means that devices can be connected to it. It does not mean that devices can only be connected using an USB connector on the computer case. The connection can be internal. E.g.

boven:~ # lsusb -s 1:6
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0bda:0153 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC) Card Reader
boven:~ #

Which is a microcard reader that only has a hole in the case where to put in the card. The USB connection is inside the system.

I admit that the information the OP provides is scarce (he seams to think that we all can look over his shoulder, or that what he does is done on a daily base by all of us). And the message you quote:

which is connected via USB port using KDE and is a Canon A590

might be “plain English” but is nonsensical. KDE does not connect devices to an USB port. Devices are connected or not (a hardware fact) and can then be used by the system (the kernel) and the following layer up is the end-user that uses it via the kernel (using KDE software or other).

Also until now her did not answer with any the output of any of the informational commands asked since 10days ago!

Thus it seems not relevant to me to swamp him with suggestions of new commands.

Canon A590 IS (Powershot) – market introduction: January 2008.

  • Is the USB cable OK?
  • Is the camera’s USB port still OK?
  • Dirty USB contacts?
  • What happens if, you pop out the SDHC card from the camera and, insert the card into a Card Reader?

Please allow me to clarify, a very simple description of the problem. I have a camera, a Canon A590 that connects to a USB port on the back of my Leap 15.2 system that uses the KDE desktop environment. When the Canon A590 is connected to the computer, via the USB port, a notification pops-up notifying the camera is connected and asks how would the user like to display the files. When I choose to use DigiKam, the program fails and asks if I would like to file a bug report. If I choose Gwenview to display the camera files, a Canon A590, a message states that a URL can not be established. The camera is good with no malfunctions, the USB cable is good with no malfunctions, the USB port is good with no malfunctions. Simply stating the OS is unable to establish a URL from the camera, Canon A590, to transfer files. I will gladly offer more information if needed. Many thanks to everyone.

Also, I do not have an SD card reader.

Thanks for the clarification, clear.

What about lsusb and “dmesg --follow-new” as requested earlier in this topic?

I don’t know how to get that information to you.

My system responds with, the --follow-new is unrecognized.

Okay, can you do the following:

  • Press the Menu button and type in the Search box “Konsole”, start the one with a black Icon in front of the word Konsole
  • Type into this new window “dmesg --follow > /tmp/A590.log” followed by enter
  • Connect the A590 and when the device notifier pops up, select “Open with File Manager”
  • Go back to the Konsole window and hit “Ctrl-C”
  • Then type in “susepaste -n ThomasBE400 -e 151200 /tmp/A590.log”
  • Share in this topic the link that is outputted by susepaste

Sorry, the “open with file manager” is not an option in the device notifier. Only open with DigiKam or Gwenview. localhost:~ # susepaste -n ThomasBE400 -e 151200 /tmp/A590.log
Pasted as:
Link is also in your clipboard.