When I open a link, instead of the real path, the file manager shows the location of the link file.

Example: home/Desktop/Link to html/wiki

Bad Path

What I would like the file manager to show is: /var/www/html/wiki

Real Path

How can I force the file manager to show the "real" path after opening a shortcut link?

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    this is one of the main reasons I will never use Nautilus. It is a very lacking file manager, and I cant believe it still hasn't been improved. The lack of navigation is terrible (no up arrow?!) Add to that there is no text entry field for this navigator and it almost becomes useless. You might want to check our SpaceFM. Its amazing. Mar 8, 2016 at 1:58
  • See the properties
    – Yuvaraj V
    Mar 9, 2016 at 4:44
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    @KalamalkaKid I hope that Nautilus will be fixed in the future. Anyway, I will try SpaceFM out. :)
    – GSM-S
    Mar 30, 2016 at 23:51
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    Related (a lot): askubuntu.com/questions/720491/… May 5, 2016 at 18:54

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You can achieve this by using a bind mount since linux 2.4

Test it with this:

sudo mount --bind /var/www/html /home/Desktop/html 

Make it permanent by adding this line to your fstab after /home and /var:

/var/www/html /home/Desktop/html defaults,bind 0 0
  • And you have to do this for every symlink? Is there no more general solution?
    – Nash
    Aug 27, 2018 at 12:43

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