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When I search for a folder in my home directory using the Dash, the folder shows up. However, when I click on the folder, nothing happens.

How can I get nautilus to launch when I click on the folder?

I had a double nautilus.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications/ which is what was breaking things! Once I deleted it, the problem went away. Therefore, this question is not a good question.

Please vote to close it.

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closed as too localized by MarkovCh1, gertvdijk, Eliah Kagan, MestreLion, hhlp Jan 31 '13 at 9:56

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From what I understand, you are searching for a folder, you click the folder, the Dash fades away, and then nothing happens? – Dominic Jordan Hasford Jan 29 '13 at 22:27
Yes, I suspect that it might be that since I have multiple file managers and desktop environments Unity doesn't know which is the default? It works for files, though. – MarkovCh1 Jan 29 '13 at 23:26
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I think all you need to do is reset the association to open folders with Nautilus.

  1. Open Nautilus, browse to any folder, and right click.

  2. Choose Open with Other Application

  3. Choose Files. Files is the display name of /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop

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This caused me to look around for extra desktop files, thanks. – MarkovCh1 Jan 31 '13 at 0:22

From what you mentioned above, I believe the fact of having multiple file managers is causing some kind of problem. Try reconfiguring nautilus with this command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure nautilus

If that doesn't work, reinstalling Unity should do the trick:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get install unity

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It actually didn't work. Go figure! – MarkovCh1 Jan 30 '13 at 23:58

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