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    pcmanfm won't launch

    I am probably not the first person with this problem, I have hunted around for a solution but had no luck finding an answer. I am using lubuntu 12.10 fully updated.

    pcmanfm will not launch from the shortcut in the menu.
    Code:
    pcmanfm %U
    entered in a terminal also does nothing.
    Code:
    pcmanfm /home/username
    works. All help greatly appreciated.

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    Can you launch it using:
    Code:
     pcmanfm --desktop --profile=LXDE
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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    No that does nothing either.

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    Quote Originally Posted by singedwings View Post
    I am probably not the first person with this problem, I have hunted around for a solution but had no luck finding an answer. I am using lubuntu 12.10 fully updated.

    pcmanfm will not launch from the shortcut in the menu.
    Code:
    pcmanfm %U
    entered in a terminal also does nothing.
    Code:
    pcmanfm /home/username
    works. All help greatly appreciated.
    I haven't seen other reports of such problems but you could try asking here: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lubuntu-users/

    Also, where do you see
    Code:
    pcmanfm %U ?
    Most of the pcmanfm entries I have are plain "pcmanfm" and somewhere I came across "pcmanfm %s", IIRC.

    BTW, is yours an upgrade from 12.04 or a clean install (though it shouldn't theoretically make any difference)?
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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    I got 'pcmanfm %U' from both the command in the properties of its menu shortcut and from scanning this post http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=108963.0

    'pcmanfm %s' returns 'no such file or directory'

    I have 4 computers displaying this problem. 3 are Acer Revos, 2 were upgraded and 1 was a fresh install. Lastly I have an Acer Aspire laptop that was a fresh install.

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    I have been experiencing the same problem. I upgraded from Lubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 and now a simple 'pcmanfm' does not work and neither does 'pcmanfm %U', or 'pcmanfm %s'. I had to change my pcmanfm shortcuts to specify my home directory as in 'pcmanfm /home/username'. It did not seem to start doing it immediately after upgrading, but sometime later in the same day. It's possible that I simply did not notice it until later.

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Qaddosh View Post
    I have been experiencing the same problem. I upgraded from Lubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 and now a simple 'pcmanfm' does not work and neither does 'pcmanfm %U', or 'pcmanfm %s'...
    Are you entering "pcmanfm" in a terminal? I think that is different from OP's question.
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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    It happens whether it is launched from a shortcut that provides a simple 'pcmanfm %U' which is what the shortcut originally was, however, to workaround this issue, I've had to change the shortcut to 'pcmanfm /home/username'. I am experiencing the same issue as the OP.

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    Sorry all I totally forgot about this post. I have solved this problem (Lubuntu Users did not respond with any suggestions). To fix enable this ppa
    Code:
    ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily
    The updates fix whatever the problem was

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    Re: pcmanfm won't launch

    Quote Originally Posted by singedwings View Post
    Sorry all I totally forgot about this post. I have solved this problem (Lubuntu Users did not respond with any suggestions). To fix enable this ppa
    Code:
    ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily
    The updates fix whatever the problem was
    Why did you decide to install that ppa? What was the thinking behind the decision?
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