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I want to replace Nautilus with PCManFM on a clean Ubuntu 11.10 install. Removing Nautilus will remove gnome-session as well though, and I'm not completely sure about this. Is it safe to remove gnome-session?

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Are you installing LXDE/Lubuntu-desktop - or do you just want to use another file-manager on the gnome-desktop. – fossfreedom Dec 1 '11 at 14:25
I just want another file-manager on the gnome-desktop; it is a clean Ubuntu install, not a Lubuntu install. And I want to remove Nautilus. – Exeleration-G Dec 1 '11 at 14:28
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Removing nautilus will remove the following packages.

 gnome-session nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-share ubuntu-desktop

The removal of gnome-session will remove Unity and Unity 2D. On a clean install you will not have any sessions to log into!

You could install gnome-shell from the software-center first before removing nautilus.

After removing nautilus you will be left with two sessions to log into - gnome-classic and gnome-classic (no effects).

Since you have removed nautilus - you will not be able to right-click and drop files and folders onto the desktop.

You could add to pcmanfm --desktop to your startup applications to get the capability back.

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