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In older Xubuntu versions, if I entered a path to a directory in the "run command" dialog, a thunar-window was opened showing this directory. I found that to be very handy if I would open f.e.g "/tmp", I just needed to press WindowsKey+r, enter /tmp and press enter, there I was. This was also great for URLs (ftp, http etc)

Unfortunately, since 12.04, this doesn't work anymore. It seem as if the "run command" is now integrated with the program finder. It still works when I type "thunar ftp://...." or "thunar /tmp", but it's a bit tedious now. Is there a way to restore the old behavior?

Note: I'm running a german localization of Xubuntu - I hope I translated "run command" and "program finder" correctly...

run dialog

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This works for me in 12.04, but I am using Alt+F2 instead of the windows key. Do you get an error message, or prompted for a default application to use? – Kevin Bowen Dec 1 '12 at 23:22
@maggotbrain Thanks for helping! I just had a look on my keyboard shortcut settings. <super>r Is associated with "/usr/bin/xfrun4", which is a symlink to xfce4-appfinder. Could you check with which program your Alt+F2 is associated? – mbelow Dec 1 '12 at 23:36
Alt+F2 is set up to use xfrun4 for me – Kevin Bowen Dec 1 '12 at 23:43
Same as mine. And you are sure that you can open e.g. and ftp location via the dialog? – mbelow Dec 1 '12 at 23:47
Yes. I just confirmed that I can bring up local filesystems as well as the password prompt for – Kevin Bowen Dec 2 '12 at 2:05

Why not just make a shell script to run thunar and drop it in /usr/bin name thuna.

Have it run "thunar /tmp" if there is no argument specified.

So much easier than fighting with the launcher.

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