I installed XFCE on Ubuntu 11.10.

I already had gnome-shell installed as I was previously using gnome 'classic'.

Now xfce works fine. But as soon as I open the Home Folder or any other folder for that matter, the xfce desktop changes to the gnome-one ( as in wallpaper and icons etc..). How can I stop this?


If you are using nautilus, and not thunar, use the --no-desktop option

nautilus --no-desktop $HOME

Thunar is the file manager normally used by XFCE, you might want to try it.

  • :( it did not work. – Ankit Dec 26 '11 at 6:03
  • What are you opening your home folder with ? nautilus or thunar ? – Panther Dec 26 '11 at 6:08
  • I am not sure. I actually had to reinstall. I corrupted my installation while trying to fix it. Nevertheless, now that I think, it was probably the nautilus as I was opening the Home using gnome-do. Anyways, is there any configuration file or something that executes or loads up when either of the file managers start? – Ankit Dec 26 '11 at 7:50

I found a work-round for this issue: I've moved the nautilus file to nautilus.real in the /usr/bin folder Then i've created a new one name nautilus with the following content


nautilus.real --no-desktop

Hope this works for you ....


Using Nautilus with Xfce Desktop seems a tricky problem in itself for the moment. Even if it's not the default file explorer Nautilus will from time to time interfere with Xfce desktop, which is administered by Thunar. I think Nautilus+Xfce desktop is a bad marriage for the time being.

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