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nautilus --no-desktop --browser
gksudo nautilus "$@"

Ubuntu: is there a better file manager than Nautilus?

Midnight Commander! Just type mc from any command prompt.


Is there a way to make nautilus display the "recently used" files and directories?

AFAIK, there is no such thing as "recently used" in Nautilus. There is however GTK feature called "Recent Documents", which you may find in Gnome menu Places -> Recent Documents. To implement it in Nautilus will require the use of GtkRecentManager/GtkRecentChooser

I don't know, why they included it in the open file dialog, but not in Nautilus. GtkRecentChooser is Gtk+ stuff, not Gnome, so any Gtk+ application supports it by default (like in open file dialog). You're right it's intuitive, that Nautilus should have this feature too. Suggest a new feature, maybe?


Nautilus: is there a way to change a symlink using Nautilus?

No. Unix symbolic links cannot be edited; they can only be deleted and re-created with a new target. Nautilus follows this model.


Removable vs fixed mount points in Linux

On my system, drives become available to the user when they are Not in fstab. Perhaps try commenting them out.


How to open some location in new tab in existing nautilus window? (from console)

No, I'm afraid you're asking for the impossbile.

You'd need dbus or something for that. Or an in-built management in Nautilus. Sadly as far as I know there is nothing like that available. (It won't separate it like n1t3 (Nautilus1 window, tab 3)).


I installed Ubuntu on my parents computer. Besides SCP, is there a lazy way to drag and drop movies from my computer to theirs?

if you're both on the same LAN (network) you could mount your drive (on the other PC) either via NFS or samba (windows file sharing) and then use nautilus file explorer to copy in between as the mount point will be seen as a "regular" folder.


Picture thumbnails on Ubuntu?

Maybe I missed something in your question (in which case, please, elaborate) but the answer is yes. Just use the "Icon View" in Nautilus (the default AFAIK).

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Trash won't open on Ubuntu 10.10

You can navigate to the Trash by pressing CtrlL in a folder window and entering trash://.


How do I configure Google Chrome to open zip files in file-roller instead of Nautilus?

I'm using Google Chrome ver. 21.0.1180.75 on Ubuntu 12.04. When I download a .zip file from my e-mail account, I click on the little blue dropdown arrow to the right of the filename in the download bar and then on always open files of this type. Also, check the Downloads section in Chrome's advanced settings and you should see what is shown in the lower part of the picture. Subsequently, downloading a .zip file automatically displays the .zip file in File Roller and not in Nautilus.

auto-open zip files


Is there a way to edit an existing nautilus (file manager) bookmark?

Looking in Ubuntu, there doesn't seem to be an option to edit the fancy stuff, just the server and the name used in the menu (there is an "edit bookmark" entry in the bookmark menu, but I'm sure that you found that).

The actual details are stored in a text file ~/.gtk-bookmarks, so it should be reasonably easy to edit the file.

Perhaps you would like to file a bug either for your distro or direct with Gnome.


Nautilus: Copy to same dir name gives a whacky sort sequence: (copy) (another copy) (3rd copy). I want 001, 002

I don't know how to change that behavior, but usually such repetitive operations are better performed with scripting.


How does Nautilus mount a partition as normal user?

It depends on what it is you're trying to mount, but if memory servers anything that is listed in /etc/fstab can be mounted by anyone. This is so that sdcards and cds can be mounted.


File 'pagefile.sys' in CIFS mount of '//windowshost/C$' makes Nautilus give up in disgust

Isn't there a set of virtualbox tools that you can use to do things like automatic mouse/keyboard grabbing/releasing, and filesharing? For example, under VMWare, I would select the client menu option "Install VMWare tools" and it would insert a virtual CD and install the RPM.


Why Gnome depends on so much stuff and how to uninstall it?

Gnome "depends" on all those things because they are a part of gnome. By definition, they are a part of Gnome. If you don't want them, don't install Gnome. You can uninstall Gnome and then just install those parts of the system you want to keep, though.


This manual page documents briefly the nautilus command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

Nautilus is the file manager for the GNOME desktop.


Nautilus follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (’-’). A summary of options is included below.



Create the initial window with the given geometry.



Only create windows for explicitly specified URIs.


Do not manage the desktop — ignore the preference set in the preferences dialog.



Quit Nautilus.


Show a summary of options.


Show Nautilus’ version.

Other standard GNOME options not listed here are also supported.

see also

Nautilus documentation can be found from the "Help" menu, or by pressing the F1 key. Nautilus also has a website at


This manual page was written by Takuo KITAME <kitame[:at:]debian[:dot:]org> and Dafydd Harries <daf[:at:]muse.19inch[:dot:]net> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

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