I have installed nemo instead of nautilus, and almost everything works fine, except one thing: If I want to change the wallpaper and I use right-click - change wallpaper, a Cinnamon preferences window opens. If I change the wallpaper here, nothing happens... I'd prefer the "old" wallpaper window from gnome/unity, which changes the wallpapers accordingly. Can I change that "action"?



As far as I know.. this happens because in the Nemo's source code when you click in "Change Desktop Background" execute the cinnamon-settings.

You can try to edit the source code to call the gnome-control-center instead cinnamon-setting.

NOTE: In this example I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 with Cinnamon Desktop & nemo 1.8.4 installed from the ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable ppa.

Download the Source Code, Edit & compile.

1) Edit the gwendal-lebihan-dev-cinnamon-stable-raring.list file to allow download the source code.

  • sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gwendal-lebihan-dev-cinnamon-stable-raring.list

Remove the "#" character.


# deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable/ubuntu raring main


deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable/ubuntu raring main

Save the changes in nano with Ctrl+O, Enter then Ctrl+X.

  • sudo apt-get update

2) Open a Terminal and install the necessary packages.

  • sudo apt-get install build-essential

3) Install build dependencies.

  • sudo apt-get build-dep nemo

4) Create a folder to download the source code.

  • mkdir ~/Downloads/src

  • cd ~/Downloads/src

5) Download the source code.

  • apt-get source nemo

6) Edit the file "nemo-desktop-icon-view.c"

  • gedit nemo-1.8.4-20130709192207/src/nemo-desktop-icon-view.c

Search for the lines 665 & 667 to change them.


"backgrounds", NULL);

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"unity-appearance", NULL);

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Edit as per comment to remove "Add Desklets" action.

7) Edit the file "nemo-desktop-icon-view-ui.xml" to remove "Add Desklets" action.

Search for the line number "12" to delete it.

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You can remove it with your favorite editor or with this command:

  • sed -i '/Desklets/d' ~/Downloads/src/nemo-1.8.4-20130709192207/src/nemo-desktop-icon-view-ui.xml

8) Go to the "nemo-1.8.4-20130709192207" folder to build the deb packages.

  • cd nemo-1.8.4-20130709192207/
  • dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -uc -b

9) Now you can install the deb packages.

  • cd ..

  • sudo dpkg -i *deb

10) Enable the "gnome-control-center-unity-appearance.desktop" file to appears in the gnome-control-center.

  • sudo sed -i.bak 's/OnlyShowIn=Unity;/OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;/g' /usr/share/applications/gnome-control-center-unity-appearance.desktop

11) Hide the "gnome-background-panel.desktop" file from the gnome-control-center.
To avoid this:

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  • sudo sed -i.bak 's/OnlyShowIn=GNOME;/NotShowIn=GNOME;/g' /usr/share/applications/gnome-background-panel.desktop

NOTE: with the "sed -i.bak" command, backups files will be created with the extension .bak

12) Finally you can logout and Login to see the changes.

The Result:

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As you can see the menu does not have the "Add Desklets" action and the "Change Desktop Background" will open the gnome-control-center appearance

Hope it helps.

  • one more thing: can I remove the Desklet-action which has no influence at all the same way? – wa4557 Sep 11 '13 at 10:39
  • Glad to help. I edited my asnwer to remove "add desklets" action. – Roman Raguet Sep 11 '13 at 22:13

I really like the compile from source answer, but here's an alternate simpler solution for the less adventurous.

Recently in an article I found a patched version of Nemo, which does not require Cinnamon dependencies. This version does this by default.

To install it, fire up your terminal, and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller

That's it. This PPA also has extensions for Nemo, which I missed from the one from the 13.10 default repos. To install them:

sudo apt-get install nemo-compare nemo-dropbox nemo-media-columns nemo-pastebin nemo-seahorse nemo-share

# If you need it
sudo apt-get install nemo-rabbitvcs

# Terminal inside Nemo
sudo apt-get install nemo-terminal

On how to set Nemo as default and such... I don't think it belongs here, but future readers can find it in the original article here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/install-nemo-with-unity-patches-and.html

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