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Jim_Granite
October 23rd, 2013, 04:36 AM
On every other operating system I've ever used, including other Linux's, the keyboard BACKSPACE key conveniently moves up the menu hierarchy in the file browser.

Pressing the keyboard BACKSPACE key is fast, quick, and natural, especially when your hand is already on the keyboard moving a trackpoint or touchpad.

However, I just moved from RHEL6 to Ubuntu 13.10, and I'm shocked that there is a nasty bug where my BACKSPACE key no longer moves up one level in the hierarchy. When I'm in Nautilus (aka "Files"), pressing the keyboard BACKSPACE key does ... well ... um ... it does nothing.

Huh?
I'm shocked if this was missed in the testing for Ubuntu 13.10 - so - that's why I first ask if it's just on my system.
I'm not sure if this missing-backspace-key bug is specific to my laptop or to Ubuntu 13.10 in general.

Q: Does YOUR backspace button work (to go up one level in the hierarchy) in Nautilus?
If not, do you know how to fix or workaround this bug?
Or, is it a setting that was accidentally turned off somewhere in the Ubuntu 13.10 defaults?

Please advise, as it's absolutely unthinkable for the keyboard BACKSPACE key, which in all other operating systems on the planet moves up one level in the hierarchy when browsing graphically, to do nothing on my PC.
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EDIT: Clicking around furiously, I found that the weird two-handed combination of alt and left arrow works, but, that's as crazy as not having a BACKSPACE button.
Is the missing BACKSPACE functionality bug just on my keyboard or is it on yours also?

mc4man
October 24th, 2013, 12:15 AM
Gnome decided to go with alt+arrow keys so they don't consider this a bug, just a design decision
In most cases you can enable it by editing a local file

gedit .config/nautilus/accels

at the bottom add this (no ; like other entries

(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ShellActions/Up" "BackSpace")

kill nautilus with nautilus-q then open nautilus & ck. (or log out/in

Jim_Granite
October 24th, 2013, 01:36 PM
you can enable it by editing a local file

That worked perfectly!


$ vi ~/.config/nautilus/accels
ADD:
(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ShellActions/Up" "BackSpace")
$ sudo reboot


Now the backspace works in the file manager.
Thank you for that suggestion; it's pure genius!

3rdalbum
October 24th, 2013, 03:33 PM
Please advise, as it's absolutely unthinkable for the keyboard BACKSPACE key, which in all other operating systems on the planet moves up one level in the hierarchy when browsing graphically, to do nothing on my PC.

It can't really be that unthinkable, mate... I never even knew that backspace went up a directory. On any operating system.

It's a Gnome decision not an Ubuntu one. It makes sense when you think about it - Backspace is used to delete things, so it's not very consistent as a navigational key.

Jim_Granite
October 24th, 2013, 08:58 PM
It can't really be that unthinkable, mate... I never even knew that backspace went up a directory. On any operating system.
<smile> Well, it's unthinkable to me! And, to this guy (http://itsfoss.com/seven-things-i-hate-in-ubuntu-13-04/) (who doesn't yet know the fantastic fix from mc4man above).
* Seven Things I Hate In Ubuntu 13.04 (http://itsfoss.com/seven-things-i-hate-in-ubuntu-13-04/) *


It's a Gnome decision not an Ubuntu one. It makes sense when you think about it - Backspace is used to delete things, so it's not very consistent as a navigational key.
Hmmm... I've been using the backspace key ever since I learned to type on a keyboard to "go back" one space. So, while I don't remember what decade it was that I learned that the backspace key went up in the hierarchy, but, ever since then, it's a natural and fast slap, to go up one level, slap-slap-slap to go up three levels of the hierarchy, etc.

Since I'm on dual boot Windows & Linux, having the backspace key do the same thing in both is what I've come to expect.

It may matter more to me that I don't use a mouse, so, my hand is always on the keyboard pushing that "erasure" in the middle of the keyboard. Dunno, but, not having the backspace key work right is as unthinkable as if they removed the zero key, and expected you to type "shift + o" instead. Sure, the alt + left arrow might work; but it's not what my "muscle memory" has been doing for about 3 decades and counting.

There should be a list of "Ubuntu 13.10 annoyances & solutions" somewhere ... where we can add this wonderful solution from mc4man.

Jim_Granite
October 25th, 2013, 10:16 PM
What's the best way to mark this solved thanks to your help?

BlinkinCat
October 25th, 2013, 10:19 PM
What's the best way to mark this solved thanks to your help?

Hi Jim,

In the Thread Tools at top of page there is a drop down menu - select "Mark as Solved"

cheers - :)

Jim_Granite
October 26th, 2013, 03:26 AM
Thread Tools
Aha! Thanks. I didn't see that before.
It is now marked as solved.
Thank you for all the wonderful help.
Much appreciated.
I hope, in the future, I can pay this one forward!

ilja.polivanovas
December 15th, 2013, 10:23 AM
Hi, I have exatly the same issue, but BACKSPACE key did not started wokring and the.config/nautilus/accels file somehow restores to the previous version after reboot. Ubuntu 13.10

Any other ideas?