Yesterday I upgraded my system from 15.10 to 16.04. Knowing that the nautilus file browser will looks slightly different, I took screenshots before and after the upgrade. I did not think it would look this bad.





Is this a bug? More importantly, can I do anything on my part to make it look better?

  • Well there's definitely something weird with the borders. You could see what reinstalling Nautilus does: sudo apt-get install --reinstall nautilus && sudo dpkg-reconfigure nautilus. – TheWanderer Apr 22 '16 at 22:52
  • This didn't make a difference, unfortunately. I have noticed that if I use the default Ubuntu theme, the icons and text will be separated more (horizontally), but I still prefer the old look. – Luka Kotar Apr 23 '16 at 0:40
  • If you aren't using a default theme, I'd expect problems. It's probably not updated to work with 16.04 – TheWanderer Apr 23 '16 at 0:41
  • just to know to myself, which theme are you using? – Akronix May 22 '16 at 9:17
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    The actual package is still called nautilus, which is why I referred to it as such. – Luka Kotar Jun 9 '16 at 0:08

It turned out to be an issue with the theme I am using, however I was able to fix it by copying these lines (line 1340 to 1373) (the part under the "sidebar" comment) from the gtk-widgets.css file (/usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/)...:

 * sidebar *
GtkPlacesSidebar.sidebar .view {
    background-color: shade (@bg_color, 0.95);

    color: @fg_color;
    text-shadow: 0 1px shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 1.04);

GtkPlacesSidebar.sidebar:backdrop {
    color: mix (@fg_color, shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 0.2);
    text-shadow: 0 1px shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 1.02);

GtkPlacesSidebar.sidebar row:selected {
    color: @selected_fg_color;
    text-shadow: 0 1px shade (@selected_bg_color, 0.7);

GtkPlacesSidebar.sidebar row:selected:backdrop {
    background-image: -gtk-gradient (linear, left top, left bottom,
                                     from (shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 0.94)),
                                     to (shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 0.86)));
    border-top-color: shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 0.88);

    color: @fg_color;
    text-shadow: 0 1px shade (shade (@bg_color, 0.95), 0.96);

GtkPlacesSidebar.sidebar .sidebar-icon {
    padding-left: 10px;
    padding-right: 10px;

... over the "sidebar" part in the gtk-widgets.css file of the theme I use:

 * sidebar *

This is how Nautilus looks now:

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