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    Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    I'm currently trying to use nautilus for desktop managment, but I can't get it to work.

    My OS: Xubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)

    What I did:
    - uninstalled thunar
    - installed nautilus
    - mv /usr/bin/xfdesktop /usr/bin/xfdesktop-bin
    - ln -s /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/xfdesktop

    In other tutorials, regarding this replacement of thunar with nautilus, this works perfectly, but for me I end up with a black and empty desktop.
    I figure that the problem is that nautilus is behaving as if it was started with the "--no-desktop" flag, but I have no idea why it behaves like this.

    Does anyone have an idea on how to fix this?
    Last edited by Seddy; March 6th, 2013 at 09:07 AM.

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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    I would check preferred applications > utilities and see if nautilus is the selected as the file manager. To restart Nautilus use the following which is often in the instructions when installing a different file manager .
    Code:
    nautilus -q
    The context menu actions may change when you remove Thunar.
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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    [...] selected as the file manager [..]
    It allready is set to nautilus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    Code:
    nautilus -q
    This changes nothing, but this is no surprise as I did a reboot in the process of setting up what I currently have.

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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    I found this regarding exo-utils . http://askubuntu.com/questions/74534...ger-in-xubuntu
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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    "exo-preferred-applications" is the application that you already mentioned, so this changes nothing.
    The link also mentions two variable in the gnome-config, but both are already set to true on my system.

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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    I thought as much . Because I am using a newer version of Thunar via PPA I have a different version exo-utils so couldn't verify what was installed previously. I don''t know what to suggest if the entire configuration is pointing to Nautilus.

    I have the XFCE session on Ubuntu and not Xubuntu and in the Gnome Tweak Tool there is a setting to have the file manager handle the desk top and that corresponds to what ever is set as default. I have had Pantheon, Nautilus and Thunar set as default at one time or another and don't understand the difficulty.


    If you want to give the latest version Thunar a try see the link.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2012/11/insta...upport-in.html
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; March 5th, 2013 at 08:20 PM.
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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

    Problem solved.

    The solution:
    - Install gnome-tweak-tool
    - In gnome-tweak-tool: File Manager->Have file manager handle the desktop.

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    Re: Using nautilus to manage the desktop

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