I want to know does nautilus maintain any Navigation History file of visited folders.

  • If yes then where it is storing its history ?
  • If not then is it possible to monitor the nautilus either using script or using any packages and create a history file ?

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The nautilus itself doesn't keep logging history, but you can find history of what you have done in the file ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel

From here you can just invoke a script or search by hand for what you want.

Hope this could help

  • ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel only store a file name when it has been used. Suppose I am going to ~/Picture folder and coming back to ~/ , then it is not going to store ~/Picture in it's list.
    – g_p
    Mar 7, 2014 at 8:57
  • Yes that's right for that I stated in my answer that it doesn't keep a logging history. this is just a workaround that can benefit you a little
    – Maythux
    Mar 7, 2014 at 8:59

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