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    Talking [How-To] Move Nautilus 3+ Back & Forward Buttons to the Left of the Location Bar

    OK, so I'm no Linux developer or even an expert of Linux, but I like to tinker and hack. Since upgrading to 11.10, I've been frustrated with new location of the back and forward buttons. It just didn't make any sense and isn't uniform with any other interface for browsing. I don't really care about the search button, because I've never used it in my life. Any way, I decided to dabble with the source code and I think I fixed it. I've been using Nautilus the past few days without a hiccup with the back and forward buttons on the left, before the location/path bar.

    Example before:

    Example after:

    It's really easy to do, and I've got the easy Terminal instructions below. BTW, the version of Nautilus current as of this post is 3.2.1. You will probably need to do this any time Nautilus gets updated through Update Manager. The exact line number of the code that needs to change may vary as well. If this is the case, just use find as I instruct below.

    Warning: I am not a professional and am not responsible for anything going wrong. These instructions are simply a guide for how I personally managed to fix this annoyance. Use at your own risk.

    First off, you may need to enable the "Source code" repository. To do this in Ubuntu, press the Super/Windows key and type "Source". Open the "Software Sources" application from the results. Check the box before "Source code", then click close.

    From Terminal:

    mkdir ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod
    cd ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod
    sudo apt-get update
    apt-get source nautilus
    sudo apt-get build-dep nautilus
    cd ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod/nautilus-3*
    gedit src/nautilus-toolbar.c
    Now, scroll down to line 132 or do a "find" for "gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 0)" and change the "0" to a "2". So change the original line from:

    	gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 0);

    	gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 2);
    When you're done, click save and close Gedit.

    Back in Terminal, run the following:

    ./configure --prefix=/usr
    sudo killall nautilus
    sudo make install
    nautilus &
    At this point, I would actually recommend logging out and back in or just restarting.

    To undo the changes and revert back to stock Nautilus, you can either change the "2" back to a "0", re-make and re-install, or you can simply run:

    sudo apt-get --reinstall install nautilus
    You might want to remove the required dev packages also, but be careful not to remove something that may have already been there and is needed.
    Last edited by nyteryder79; December 1st, 2011 at 04:04 PM. Reason: Instructions for source repositories added.

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