Nautilus (also known as GNOME Files) is the default file manager for Ubuntu and as such is used to manage files and folders. Nautilus is called "Files" by default on Ubuntu.

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Why does running a file manager as root mess up the permissions in the home directory?

I understand that on occasions when running your file manager as root, with the command: sudo nautilus For instance, that it messes up your home directory's permissions so that files get owned as ...
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What is Shotwell doing in background permanently

My mate is a new ubuntu user, primarily as alternative to not need to upgrade to windows 10. He uses his machine mainly for archiving and reworking of hundreds of photos as he is a hobby photographer. ...
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Hide files in Gnome permamently

Whenever I hide files (Ctrl-H), when I start up Nautilus again the previously hidden files will show up again. I'm using Gnome. I don't seem to have a menu -> preferences like other postings state. ...
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Why windows open in the background when called through keyboard shortcuts?

I set several keyboard shortcuts, for example CTRL+SHIFT+A opens my Amazon folder. However, it opens in the background (i.e., behind Firefox or Chrome). My shortcuts involve gedit, Nautilus, Firefox, ...
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Changing icon font size/colour in 14.04

How can I change the desktop icon font size/colour to something more readable? At the moment, icon text looks like this: unity-tweak-tool (as mentioned in How do I change fonts and adjust their ...
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Nautilus trash doesn't show deleted files on other partitions

Ubuntu 14.04 I have created several symlinks in my home folder to folders in another drive. I have changed the permissions of that mounted drive: drwxrwxrwx 6 root root 4,0K oct 13 17:30 media/ ...
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How can I change the indentation in Nautilus list view, tree mode?

In the current Nautilus version, the tree view has very little indentation between levels: Compare it with Mac OS X (Finder) list view, which IMHO has always had an excellent design: How can I ...
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Nautilus launches minimized/maximized randomly

My system: Ubuntu 15.04, GNOME Flashback (Compiz) My problem: Nautilus usually launches ok (maximized, so I can start using it), but sometimes it launches minimized (just in bottom panel, so I have to ...
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Search a specific file in Gnome file manager

This script is executed by home automation assistant in Linux 14.04, Gnome-desktop #!/bin/bash gnome-open /home/Folder && xdotool search Folder | head -n 1 | tail -n 1 | VAR1=%1 | xdotool ...
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Disk Usage Analyzer replacing Nautilus

So this is a fun problem. After upgrading to Raring Ringtail, the open file command for nautilus on everything except the file browser in unity itself (opening downloads from browsers, clicking on ...
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is there a file manager which you can sort files manually with, as in Windows? or, Can I manually sort my files from the terminal?

In Nautilus you can sort files manually only in the icon view (and the arrangement is a mess). My question is: is there a file manager which you can sort files manually with, as in Windows? i.e., ...
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Segmentation fault while running some ubuntu specific apps like nautilus, unity-control-center, etc

running nautilus from the terminal the following errors are returned: compro@Inspiron-3543:~/.learn_unix$ nautilus & [1] 7326 compro@Inspiron-3543:~/.learn_unix$ (nautilus:7326): Gtk-WARNING **: ...
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How to make the nautilus icon open the existing window instead of a new one

For some reason sometimes when I have a nautilus window open, then switch to a different window, when I click on the nautilus icon in the Unity bar, it opens a new nautilus window instead of the ...
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Connect to Ubuntu Server over SSH and having root permissions

Is there a way to connect to Ubuntu Server from a desktop Ubuntu using Nautilus, and having root privileges when you connect? I need that, because I have a Wordpress website on the server, and I need ...
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Why doesn't nautilus search find anything outside of my home folder?

I installed nginx using apt-get. There are now many folders and files with "nginx" in their name. Using the file browser (nautilus) i search for "nginx" with "All Files" selected. It will not ...
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Issue with resuming minimized window of directory from external drive

I have two drives in my notebook. First one - SSD where Ubuntu 14.04 is installed, and second - HDD where all staff is stored. I open Nautilus and browse to external drive, then minimize that window. ...
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Nautilus not generating thumbnails for GIF images in Ubuntu 15.04

No matter what I try (changing the preview options, deleting the thumbnail cache, etc.), Nautilus in Ubuntu 15.04 does not generate thumbnails for GIF image files. However, it generates a thumbnail ...
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Denied Permissions to access and move folder from a Mac Hard Disk

I have a iMac in which the Hard disk has failed. I am trying to get files off the users desktop that has not been backed up. I cannot repair the Hard disk and do not have another Mac to transfer the ...
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Getting my File Manager to link to my Google Drive

I have a very small amount of storage on my computer and would like to conserve it, so I would like to know if there is a way to mount my Google Drive in Thunar or Nautilus on Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS. ...
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I 'broke' Nautilus

I ended Nautilus from System Monitor, despite the warnings. Now when I got to Places, I don't get a window. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Nautilus using Ubuntu Software Center but that ...
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Safely remove for removeable hard drive doesn't work

Safely removing my portable WD Elements USB 3.0 1TB drive doesn't actually safely remove it. I get no notification that it is in fact safe to remove even when having done nothing on the disk. It ...
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How can I get Subliminal to work and then integrate it with a file manager?

I have downloaded Subliminal which is a program that downloads movie subtitles.But there are several problems: (1) when I test it at the console with a movie that I know has an English subtitle, I ...
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How to stop nautilus managing desktop in unity

Since 11.10 nautilus shows my Desktop in Unity. As I remember correctly, tthis wasn't in 11.04. How can I disable that?
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How to find files with idone not referenced by any directory

Okay, some time ago I found what seems to be a bug in nautilus. /tmp$ mkdir test/ /tmp$ mkdir test2/ /tmp$ echo "very important stuff" > test/important-file.txt /tmp$ cd .. /tmp$ ln -s /tmp/test/ ...
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Nautilus opens and immediately closes, no desktop icons and no right click

Nautilus opens only for a few seconds both from the launch bar and the terminal, all the desktop icons have disappeared and there is no right click on the desktop. In the terminal when I type nautilus ...
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How to remove underline in Files list view?

I have Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 and I've just installed Gnome 3.16. So far it's okay, except one thing: Is there a way to remove this dotted underlining? It appears only in list view. I've tried to dig ...
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folder content doesn't get refreshed automatically in ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and when I'm doing experiments which creates new files inside a particular folder X. But I can't see these new files inside X without refreshing X. I have increased the count ...
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how to burn cd with the CD/DVD creator

Is there some trick to burning a cd with the CD/DVD creator? I'm installing k3b because that's a known entity. What is this, and where is the "burn" button? Help just tells me this is Nautilus ...
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Firefox does not open dolphin for inode/directory in kubuntu 15.04

this question has been asked multiple times like 1 and 2, but their solutions won't work anymore. Probably because of Plasma 5 and the new firefox versions. So I am using Kubuntu 15.04, Firefox 40.0 ...
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Get rsync to retry failed copied files from nautilus

I'm copying quite a few files. I was able to successfully copy >99% of them But unfortunately, some failed - from memory the error was something like; unable to copy file x, timed out, do you want to ...
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How to display Trash and Home folder icons?

I've googled quite a bit but nothing I've found works. I just want to display the Trash, Home folder, Computer etc icons on my Desktop in Ubuntu. The closest I've come is installing dconf-tools, ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Need a way to recover from a system freeze I encounter often (deleting folders)

Quick bit of context: This is a machine I use at work, and I have to use 12.04 LTS. I know it's old at this point, but I can't go to a newer version. I don't know much about the inner workings of ...
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Normal Shift key behaviour in nautilus (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity)

In 12.04, in nautilus, I used to be able, while renaming files, to type things that use the shift key, for example, FOLDER_NAME (to type capital letters or underscores you usually press shift). In ...
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Nautilus file notes (user metadata) workaround: how to display note in popup?

This post gives a python program for adding and viewing notes on files under Nautilus: File notes tab gone in Nautilus 3.2.1 It works! I want more.... The annotated file does not have any ...
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Workaround for bug #889911: creating multiple folders in Nautilus fails

I'm still experiencing https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/889911 (bug was marked as "expired" at the end of 2012). How the bug manifests: Open Nautilus and explore any ...
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Crashes -Ubuntu 15

I recently installed two video cards, 2X(NVIDIA GT730 2GB). I have installed the driver from the main Nvidia website and the driver works well. But, when I try to drag a file, nautilus crashes and ...
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Right Click on Nautilus, Title Bar does not always display a dark menu

When I right click on the title bar of any program, the menu displayed is sometimes dark and sometimes white. The selected theme is Ambience. I did not face this problem until I installed Unity Tweak ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to respect no read, write, or execute permissions for others set by chmod and Nautilus

I do not want to give 'others' read, write, or execute permissions in certain directories or folders. i.e. /home/me/test I am running 14.04.3 desktop. I have navigated to the folder, selected the ...
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Problems after removing gnome-shell package

I recently installed the gnome-shell package to try out gnome desktop, didn't like it so much so I removed it and returned to unity. I'm trying to fix a few things that seem to have been messed up by ...
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Nautilus slow if lot of images are in a directory

I have 400 images in a directory. I look at the directory with nautilus. The first time I open the directory it is very slow, I have a modern laptop with 4 cores and plenty RAM. My use case: open ...
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How to make the application taskbar icon identical to the application file icon?

I would like to associate a custom icon with our (Qt) application. We ship the application as stand-alone: that is to say all non-system libraries are part of the software package. We need to set ...
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How to fix Nautilus-Extension\Nautilus?

I've installed Nautilus-Extension. But It seems some problem with Nautilus and Nautilus-Extension. So,I've troubleshooted as per this but still I can't. I'm getting like this ! I have opened ...
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Bash script doesn't run from nautilus, but does run from terminal

Before I add more detail to my question, I have to say something very important: Yes my script has "Allow executing file as program" turned on The question itself: For programming reasons (shared ...
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Can Nautilus use correct lexicographic sort?

Nautilus by default uses some kind of "natural" sort order which appears to target a use case like this: photo 1.jpg photo 2.jpg photo 10.jpg I do not want this behavior. I want Nautilus to sort ...
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how to preview DDS and WEBP images on nautilus?

I have too many images to search at visually, so I cannot open each one of them individually. What I have to do or install to show DDS images previews on nautilus? I would like to preview webp too ...
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Nautilus-Open-Terminal tries to open ZSH instead of bash

I recently tried zsh as a shell but didn't like it much. Then removed it and I still continue to use bash. When I was using bash, I had this cool script 'nautilus-open-terminal' which lets you open a ...
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(nautilus:13581): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Just installed gksu to use gksu nautilus. When running this command the output after entering password is (nautilus:13581): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: Not sure what caused this but i ...
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Sublime Text Won't Open Remote Via Caja (nautilus)

On my home machine (Ubuntu Mate 15.04) I use and Sublime Text (3) to edit remote files on my server via the sftp connection created in Caja (Nautilus). I'm traveling and on the laptop, it has the ...
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Nautilus launcher icon no longer contains Places and Bookmarks on right-click (14.04.02)

I had nautilus crash (apport caught it, so I guess I can still locate the logs if it might help) the other day, and afterwards the icon on the side launcher opened a new 'identical' nautilus icon ...
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Folder Sizes in nautilus

Back when i was using xp i had this program called Folder Sizes that showed the folder(also file) size in the explorer column I was wondering will that option be or is available in nautilus or other ...