When I try to open folders (and the trash can) by double-clicking on them on the desktop nothing happens. However, when I right-click on the folder, select "Open with another application", and then select Nautilus it opens normally. I think that it has something to do with the default file manager maybe? (I can open other files that aren't folders normally)
My system is Ubuntu 17.10.
I just had this problem 5 mins ago. Here is my solution.
Just install gnome-tweak
sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
Then turn off and turn on some of the options in the Desktop. Like show icons turn on and turn off. Then it seems like things are refreshed and everything works again!
I know that this isn't a direct solution to the problem (that I was having too), but my choice was to install another File manager altogether. I chose Nemo. This is how you integrate Nemo in Ubuntu taking the place of Nautilus (the culprit here).
- First of all you install Nemo as explained here: INSTALL NEMO
- Then you set Nemo as your default File Manager as shown here: DEFAULT NEMO
Then, if you want to have Nemo display the standard icons on the Desktop like Home, Computer, Network, Recicle Bin, etc..., you need to enable some settings. I am quite sure you can do it in the Terminal but I chose to install the GUI "dconf-tools"
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
and then launch the GUI by issuing
The settings that you need to change are located in "/org/nemo/desktop". They are pretty self-explicative.
I hope that this have been useful to you.
The problem is an old xfce installation or the package "exo-utils". Remove "exo-utils". This is an well known and older problem:
sudo apt-get remove --purge exo-utils
And everything worked as expected.
You can update your default application for opening folders to nautilus by running the following command.
xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
The best solution which worked for me is to use the following commands:
sudo apt-get purge nautilus sudo apt-get install nautilus nautilus --check