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I installed Ubuntu 12.10, then installed Nemo.

Now I would make Nemo the default file manager. I've search the web for a solution but everytime I restart my computer Nautilus come back.

Does anyone know an effective solution?

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There is a much better way to do this without moving files and setting links. Just open a terminal with CTRL+ALT+T and than perform this command:

xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

Than set up Nemo to handle your desktop:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true
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I found that this method doesn't set nemo as the default file manager when, for example, opening an external hard drive from the launcher. I used the other answer and it worked like a charm. –  duxk.gh Oct 24 '13 at 15:37
@duxk.gh I do not use Unity, so can't test that. –  user5950 Oct 27 '13 at 20:16
In my case with 12.04 LTS the other answer worked well, this one was still launching nautilus as file manager –  danijelc Nov 9 '13 at 15:47

Open your terminal with CTRL+ALT+T and then paste this:

 sudo mv /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nautilus.back && sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nemo /usr/bin/nautilus

then try again, hope that helps.

Note that this will effectively make Nautilus inaccessible on your system unless you modify shortcuts to point to nautilus.back.

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