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August 21st, 2011, 09:39 PM
Hi, I can use nautilus scripts in any folder but I just realized I can't use them (at least to act a single selected file) in the "search for" folder.
I think that the problem is that the following variable is not set for some reason in the "search for" folder:

I want to make a simple script to copy the location of that file. The following script works fine except in that folder:
echo "`dirname "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS"`" | perl -pe 's/\n//' | parcellite

Any ideas? Thank you!

August 22nd, 2011, 08:46 AM
which is the 'search for' folder?

August 22nd, 2011, 05:39 PM
The "search for" folder is what I mean when you are in a nautilus folder window and you use the search feature. For example, press control f and search for something. It will display the results of the find. Sorry I'm not sure how to call it.

August 23rd, 2011, 03:30 AM
I tried a simple Nautilus script that redirected NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS to a text file, and I encountered the same issue as you describe when running the script on a file in what you call a "search for" folder. A workaround that did work was to use NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_URIS instead. You have to cut "file://" from the front of the returned path and additional manipulation will be needed if the path contains spaces (spaces in file names are OK). I have no knowledge of parcellite, so this may not work with your script, but it's easy to give it a try.

Anyways, the Nautilus script that I used is:


echo "$var" > "${var}/test.txt"

August 23rd, 2011, 07:26 AM
Also you may wish to go and fill in a bug in nautilus.

August 25th, 2011, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the workaround kaibob! i appreciate your help.

Good idea hakermania. Here is the link to the bug report:
If anyone feels like confirming the bug and saying that on the report, that could help.