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I recently wanted to connect some LG Android smartphone to my Debian, but the device wasn't detected. I installed the jmtpfs package, and that solved the problem. But in Debian, you have two packages with similar names: mtpfs and jmtpfs. What's the difference between the two? On the Debian wiki there's info that the mtpfs was orphaned a long time ago. Is that the only thing, and that's why I should prefer jmtpfs over mtpfs, or is there something else?

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That's precisely it! If a package is orphaned and another has taken its place you almost always want to go with the non-orphaned one for support, updates etc.

In this specific example, as the wiki page you linked says, the only real differences are the name and package status.

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