[xfce] nautilus don't open files if set as default file manager

Bug #1778069 reported by Leonardo Müller on 2018-06-21
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Debian)
nautilus (Ubuntu)
xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

If Nautilus is set as the preferred file manager with exo-preferred-applications, it no longer opens files. It opens only directories, .desktop files and executable files. Trying to open a file, be using Enter or with double mouse click, as a text file or a video makes Nautilus window blink for a instant and nothing happens. To be able to open the files, it's needed to choose to open with another application and then choose the application.

Once Nautilus is unset as the default file manager (Thunar is chosen, for example), it starts to work fine again, opening files properly.

Nautilus' Debian Sid version do not have this problem.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: nautilus 1:3.26.3-0ubuntu4
Uname: Linux 4.17.2-041702-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Thu Jun 21 10:55:41 2018
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-06-13 (372 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Release amd64 (20170412)
SourcePackage: nautilus
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to bionic on 2017-10-20 (244 days ago)
usr_lib_nautilus: dropbox 2015.10.28

summary: - nautilus don't open files is set as default file manager
+ nautilus don't open files if set as default file manager
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
summary: - nautilus don't open files if set as default file manager
+ [xfce] nautilus don't open files if set as default file manager
Lou (lou-gregory42) wrote :

Happening for me too. Should be a higher priority than "low" IMHO

Steve Beckett (sbeckett31) wrote :

this effects a lot of users so please can you push the priority higher.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in nautilus (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Paolo Benvenuto (donpaolo) wrote :

I affects me too. Hoping that priority is risen.

Mike (solovey-0408) wrote :

Have the same problem. Hope will be fixed soon.

gustavo sansone (gusans) wrote :

I have the same problem. tested on several fresh installs of Xubuntu 17.10 and Xubuntu 18.04.

You can fix this issue by removing the line "x-scheme-handler/file=exo-file-manager.desktop" from the following files:

/usr/share/xubuntu/applications/defaults.list (provided by Xubuntu)
~/.config/mimeapps.list (user overrides)
~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list (deprecated)

The entry should not be added anymore according to upstream Xfce [1], and it is the cause for the misbehavior according to the comments in the linked Debian report [2].

[1] https://git.xfce.org/xfce/exo/commit/?id=b74caf97642ae2bf00a7754a5fb193f695b6f3d4
[2] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=874003#75

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
ldmpub (ldmpub) wrote :

Thanks Theo => your tip fix it for me.

abssorb (abssorb) wrote :

XFCE 18.04, nautilus was working fine. Started to see this behaviour recently. Possibly due to adding nautilus-extension-gnome-terminal.

Commenting out the line:


/usr/share/xubuntu/applications/defaults.list (provided by Xubuntu)

Worked immediately when nautilus restarted.

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