After minimizing an external media, clicking on the "Files" icon on the Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one

Bug #1170647 reported by Steffen Krumbholz on 2013-04-19
This bug affects 277 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
Medium
Unassigned
Unity
High
Marco Trevisan (Treviño)
unity (Ubuntu)
Medium
Marco Trevisan (Treviño)
Nominated for Trusty by Alberto Salvia Novella
Nominated for Utopic by Alberto Salvia Novella

Bug Description

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 ISSUE
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HOW TO REPRODUCE

1. Connect a removable media to the computer.
2. On the launcher, click on the "Files" icon.
3. On the left sidebar, click on the removable media icon or the trash.
4. Minimize the window.
5. Click on the "Files" icon.

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

- The Files window to be maximized.

REAL BEHAVIOUR

- A new window is opened.

RELEVANT DETAILS

- One way to navigate between windows at this moment is to use the "control + tabulation" key combination, or to click again on the "Files" icon so windows are exposed.

Otherwise the minimized window Can be restored by clicking on the Volume's launcher icon or scrolling on the Files icon

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 SOLUTION
**********

WORK-AROUND

- On the launcher, left click on the "Files" icon and select the "unlock from Launcher" option.

FIX

- The launcher icon for "Files" to be treated the same way as if it was unlocked.

REGRESSION POTENTIAL

- Clicking on the "Files" icon won't send the user to its home folder, but to the latest opened Files window.

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 TECHNICAL INFO
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ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Package: nautilus 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu16
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-18.28-generic 3.8.6
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-18-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu8
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Apr 19 11:33:13 2013
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
GsettingsChanges:
 b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'geometry' b"'814x493+136+38'"
 b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'sidebar-width' b'182'
InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-07-23 (635 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386 (20110426)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: nautilus
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to raring on 2013-04-14 (4 days ago)

Steffen Krumbholz (skrumbholz) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, is that under unity? Do you have specific steps to reproduce?

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Steffen Krumbholz (skrumbholz) wrote :

Sebastien, thank you for your response. Please read my bug report carefully. :) I think I provided the informations already.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

ok, fair enough ;-)

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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aguzers (aguzers) wrote :

kinda annoying,
i dual boot ubuntu 13.04 with win7 , nautilus attempt to open new window when i click the nautilus (nautilus in minimize mode), it happen when i browse win7 data drive but if i acces my home folder (or ubuntu drive) n minimize it, this problem not appear.
sorry about my english :D

Mario (mario-mds) wrote :

Yes. The same happens to me: Any folder different from /home/myuser does that.

By the way: Can this new version of Nautilus show the status bar (in the lower right area, right under the list of files)?

Also: Can I set the 'tree view' in the folders located to the left?

Thanks in advance guys.

Steffen Krumbholz (skrumbholz) wrote :

There's a workaround for this issue. Hover over the Nautilus launcher icon and scroll the mouse wheel. :)

Mario (mario-mds) wrote :

Too late now. Using Thunar. Has no bugs (at least no Nautilu's ones), it's fast, has tree-view, shows previews of photos and videos...
Who needs Nautilus?

benjamin villanueva (itagomo) wrote :

thanks for the tip skrumbholz . =)

Leonardo Donelli (learts92) wrote :

I tried to give a look into the problem, even though i'm not expert in unity internals, GTK, desktop files, ecc. There is a big chaos. There is a transition going on between using nautilus.desktop and nautilus-home.desktop (apparently Unity used to use nautilus-home.desktop but is converging to the "standard" nautilus.desktop), as a result there are various .desktop files. There are also .desktop files for the mounted external drives (and launcher icons for external drives have strange / incosistent behaviour, by the way: when clicking on them the nautilus window that opens is 'assigned' to the nautilus launcher [the small arrow is on that] but the drive launcher still controls it: it can bring the window on foreground if it isn't).
On top of that, nautilus already has functions to determine if a specific location is already open, and in that case it avoids opening a new window for it (unless you use the --new-window parameter).

AlmogBaku (almog-baku) wrote :

it happend to me too..
There is no any solution yet?

AlmogBaku (almog-baku) wrote :

Also, when two windows is opened, it works as excepted

Edwin Pujols (edwinpm5) wrote :

Just now I noticed that with directories mounted on /media (via a direct invokation of udisks in a script) nautilus works as expected. Well, at least for me, at least right now.

Bruce (brunces) wrote :

This bug also affects me when I have a Nautilus window of my external drive minimized. If I click the Nautilus icon, it simply opens a new window, instead of showing that minimized one. I'm not quite sure, but it seems to happen frequently with mounted devices.

Shukhrat Mukimov (mukimov) wrote :

I can confirm, that this bug can be reproduced in latest 13.04. Nautilus opens second instance, instead to recover the old one. It's always reproduced for me.

Vahid Mardani (vahid-mardani) wrote :

I have the same problem, in 13.04. i decided to use another file manager.until debug

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2013-07-18
Changed in bamf (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Medium
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

I can no longer reproduce this bug in Saucy, the icon now works as expected. Can anyone else confirm this?

On 9/11/2013 5:44 AM, Adolfo Jayme Barrientos wrote:
> I can no longer reproduce this bug in Saucy, the icon now works as
> expected. Can anyone else confirm this?
>
Can't confirm, see the same in updated saucy,
To refresh -
Open nautilus, browse to any dir. mounted in /media/<username>/,then
minimize nautilus.
Clicking on the launcher icon opens a new nautilus window at user Home
instead of minimized window

In my saucy install this is still present. Just to confirm it is present in saucy.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2013-09-17
summary: - Nautilus opens new window instead of restoring the minimized window
+ Clicking on Nautilus’ launcher icon opens new window instead of
+ restoring the minimized one when browsing external drives/locations
Changed in bamf (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium

Hey, all. I have a workaround on this. Try this. (Feedback, Please. I may lost some step.)
1. Use fstab to mount your (external) disk into another directory on /media . For example /media/disk
   a. Please use auto, (if ntfs) ntfs-3g as mount option.
2. Create a link of /media/disk and give it a name based on your username. Put this link on the same directory (e.g. /media/)
3. Well, try it now.
Well, I don't know that the bug I reported already exist.

This bug exists only if you pin Nautilus to panel.

Michal Grňo (michal-grno) wrote :

I noticed this bug *after* the update to Saucy.

Кирилл (kirill-myxa) wrote :

I noticed that if open at least 2 tabs in window (even if both tabs show contents of an external hard drive) - it will open and minimized as it should.
(Ubuntu 13.10)

Ricardo Graça (devius) wrote :

Actually there is no need to minimize the original Nautilus window to reproduce this bug. All it takes is the Nautilus window loosing focus, e.g. when changing to another application and then attempting to get back to the Nautilus window showing an external drive.

Adam Niedling (krychek) on 2013-10-24
tags: added: saucy
Michal Grňo (michal-grno) wrote :

Recently I've found that this bug also affects process windows while copying from an external drive - those windows cannot be accessed by clicking on nautilus' icon. Sometimes it gets focus when I click on external drive icon, sometimes it doesn't. Strange.

Vahid Mardani (vahid-mardani) wrote :

The same problem always happens to me. on 13.04 and after upgrade to 13.10. so always i have two nautilus windows. its hurt me.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Hey Marco, you worked on similar issues with the nautilus copy dialog in the past, do you want to have a look to this one?

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Marco Trevisan (Treviño) (3v1n0)
EliCoten (launchpad-elicoten) wrote :

I'm using 13.10. It seems to be somewhat related to this: http://askubuntu.com/q/235805/38137

If you click on the Hard Drive launcher icon, a folder window appears but the indicators show that it is a file window. If you then minimize this window, it appears to go to the "Files" launcher, but actually the correct way to restore it is to click on the Hard Drive launcher icon again.

This is ok (ok, perhaps a little confusing for the user - the indicator should really point to the Hard Drive launcher not the Files launcher when such a window is open) provided that the hard drive icon remains docked to the launcher. The real problem comes when you undock the Hard Drive/Partition's icon from the launcher - then you have the same behaviour with no reasonable alternative.

I hope this explanation makes sense.

I can confirm this bug is present also in Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit

tags: added: amd64 trusty

I have 3 other partitions apart from Ubuntu 14.04 one, one of which is set in fstab to be automatically mounted at startup (and not by gvfsd). I've noticed the behavior mentioned in this bug applies for the other partitions, but not for this one. Maybe this info could be useful. Here is the relative fstab line:

UUID=4031F06913658C89 /mnt/DATI auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2014-02-26
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
tags: added: ubuntu-desktop-trusty
removed: trusty
Boza (nemanja-boki92) wrote :

This bug exists in 14.04 (64 bit).
If I UNPIN nautilus from Launcher, it works like it should work.

And now.. In 13.10 workaround was to hover with mouse and scroll. But now that not possible for unfocused windows. Fkkk.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

@Boza: See bug 1098578, that behavior is coming back as an option.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

(Sorry, I meant bug 1288957.)

Luigi R. (xluigi84) wrote :

I can confirm what reported by EliCoten, If we click on the drive icon we get the last window minimized although there is no pointer on it.

tags: added: trusty
OerHeks (oerheks) wrote :

Bug still exists in 14.04 64bit, no way to bring minimized nautilus to front

Jorge Rodríguez (yitano) wrote :

I can also confirm this is happening on 14.04 x64

Michal Polovka (miskopo) wrote :

I also confirm this bug on 14.04

Boza (nemanja-boki92) wrote :

Well, on my 14.04 (13.04->13.10->14.04) it's now working properly.

Tamir (sugip) wrote :

Bug still exists in 14.04 64 bit and very annoying.

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2014-06-23
Changed in bamf (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
tags: added: patch
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Sorry Dirk, I war referring to comment #58, and didn't see that comment #61
was by Anish too.

In comment #58 Anish submitted a diff marked as a patch. I'd like to apply
the patch, recompile unity, and try if it works

2014-06-30 23:59 GMT+02:00 Dirk Mcbratney <email address hidden>:

> It's not a patch - those are shell commands. Drop them straight into the
> terminal, authenticate, and it'll rename the files and fix the problem.
>
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> Title:
> Clicking on Nautilus’ launcher icon opens new window instead of
> restoring the minimized one when browsing external drives/locations
>
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Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Marco Trevisan (Treviño) (3v1n0)
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
TomasHnyk (sup) wrote :

This is a duplicate of this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/1163041 (that seems to have a better proposal for solution than just reverting the patch)

duroursu (duroursu-7) wrote :

This bug its iritating me and for that i change ubuntu 14.04 with LM Mate 17 that works better,i don't know why canonical do not repaired this bug.

sosupi (sosupi) wrote :

@ TomasHnyk: no, it is not a duplicate. Maybe it concerns the same part of the software, but it is certainly not a duplicate.

EsAmo (esamokoram) wrote :

More and more people affected. While Alt + Tab can be a nightmare at some cases...

It does not have to be different drive - bug exists for different partition than Linux installation like one occupied by Windows.

Regards & respect.

EsAmo (esamokoram) wrote :

Heeey, guess what: You can avoid opening new window by SCROLLING UP instead of CLICKING on the naultilus icon at Unity Launcher, at least on Ubuntu 14.04. Really happy to found it out.

Regards & respect.

EsAmo (esamokoram) wrote :

Bug affects USB flash drive and partition with Windows on it but does not affect other NTFS partition without system installed.

Regards & respect.

EsAmo (esamokoram) wrote :

I found out that You can make the partition bug-resistant by mounting it on start via /etc/fstab. As mentioned in comment above my Windows partition was affected by the bug and it is no more - since listed in /etc/fstab.

Regards & respect.

duroursu (duroursu-7) wrote :

This bug its now fixed on 14.04,its working normaly on my pc

Bruno Nova (brunonova) wrote :

It also seems to be fixed for me in Trusty!

Bruno Nova (brunonova) wrote :

Wait, it's not fixed for me after all.

What happened is that I had Nautilus opened in another workspace, and this made it seem that the issue was fixed.
If no Nautilus windows were open before, the issue still occurs.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Rian Katoen (riankatoen) wrote :

I've had the same bug, however I am unable to open up the copy dialog (even when using ALT+TAB). It appears to be the same bug as https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/887821. As EsAmo mentioned I have not had any issues with partition mentioned in my /etc/fstab.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
status: Triaged → Confirmed
description: updated
no longer affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
summary: - Clicking on Nautilus’ launcher icon opens new window instead of
- restoring the minimized one when browsing external drives/locations
+ After minimizing an external location, clicking on the "Files" icon on
+ the Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one
no longer affects: nautilus (Ubuntu)
no longer affects: bamf (Ubuntu)
affects: nautilus → hundredpapercuts
no longer affects: hundredpapercuts
description: updated
tags: added: utopic

It's a usability issue that doesn't limit the functionality of a core package.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: High → Medium
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
summary: - After minimizing an external location, clicking on the "Files" icon on
- the Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one
+ After minimizing an external media, clicking on the "Files" icon on the
+ Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one
description: updated
Charles Profitt (cprofitt) wrote :

I have the issue in both 14.04 and 14.10. While I find it annoying and counter intuitive it is easy to work around.

The root problem of this bug is at the design level:

Unity developers thought users would understand better the "Files" icon as the place where their personal files are located, rather than the files manager itself. But, since this icon also needed to command the files manager, this design created both a duality in functionality and confusion in how the user shall understand the icon; as its meaning changes depending on the situation.

So the fix is simply to make the icon mean the files manager under every circumstance, not the user's home folder: to make the icon behave equally as when it isn't locked into the launcher.

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zhy (passerbythesun) wrote :

I'm a newcommer from windows.
This problem exists in my ubuntu 14.04 x64 kernel 3.13.0-37-generic
everything updated!

there are several workrounds, but it's really annoying

Nidal R (nidalrashid) wrote :

@ Alberto Salvia Novella Thanks for explaining this perfectly

Until I read #81, nautilus's behaviour was utterly erratic and perplexing to me. This probably affects 99% of users. This problem is exacerbated for users like me who keep most of their files in a separate partition (for easy access in dual-boot windows/ubuntu setup).

 This is clearly a UI FAIL. The icon in launcher is the same for nautilus file manager and for home folder.

The simplest solution is to eradicate this distinction between File manager window showing a home folder and file manager showing other folders.

Shoham Peller (shoham-peller) wrote :

Still happens in 14.04.01 LTS x64

MrShadow (mrshad0w) wrote :

If you change mount folder from /media/username to /mnt folder it works as expected. I tested it only on Ubuntu 14.10 Unicorn
For trash, though, I found no solution

SKYWATCHER (crunchiness) wrote :

It's real sad, more than a year since it was reported and it's still not fixed... Things like these make Ubuntu "3rd world OS" in terms of user interface.

+1

Enviado desde mi Moto G de Claro
El 28/11/2014 22:56, "SKYWATCHER" <email address hidden> escribió:

> It's real sad, more than a year since it was reported and it's still not
> fixed... Things like these make Ubuntu "3rd world OS" in terms of user
> interface.
>
> --
> You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to a
> duplicate bug report (1173223).
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1170647
>
> Title:
> After minimizing an external media, clicking on the "Files" icon on
> the Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one
>
> Status in One Hundred Papercuts:
> Triaged
> Status in Unity:
> Triaged
> Status in unity package in Ubuntu:
> Triaged
>
> Bug description:
> *******
> ISSUE
> *******
>
> HOW TO REPRODUCE
>
> 1. Connect a removable media to the computer.
> 2. On the launcher, click on the "Files" icon.
> 3. On the left sidebar, click on the removable media icon or the trash.
> 4. Minimize the window.
> 5. Click on the "Files" icon.
>
> EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR
>
> - The Files window to be maximized.
>
> REAL BEHAVIOUR
>
> - A new window is opened.
>
> RELEVANT DETAILS
>
> - The only way to navigate between windows at this moment is to use
> the "control + tabulation" key combination, or to click again on the
> "Files" icon so windows are exposed.
>
> **********
> SOLUTION
> **********
>
> WORK-AROUND
>
> - On the launcher, left click on the "Files" icon and select the
> "unlock from Launcher" option.
>
> FIX
>
> - The launcher icon for "Files" to be treated the same way as if it
> was unlocked.
>
> REGRESSION POTENTIAL
>
> - Clicking on the "Files" icon won't send the user to its home folder,
> but to the latest opened Files window.
>
> ****************
> TECHNICAL INFO
> ****************
>
> ProblemType: Bug
> DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
> Package: nautilus 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu16
> ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-18.28-generic 3.8.6
> Uname: Linux 3.8.0-18-generic i686
> ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu8
> Architecture: i386
> Date: Fri Apr 19 11:33:13 2013
> EcryptfsInUse: Yes
> GsettingsChanges:
> b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'geometry' b"'814x493+136+38'"
> b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'sidebar-width' b'182'
> InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-07-23 (635 days ago)
> InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386 (20110426)
> MarkForUpload: True
> SourcePackage: nautilus
> UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to raring on 2013-04-14 (4 days ago)
>
> To manage notifications about this bug go to:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/hundredpapercuts/+bug/1170647/+subscriptions
>

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El nov 28, 2014 11:15 PM, "martincasc" <email address hidden> escribió:

> +1
>
> Enviado desde mi Moto G de Claro
> El 28/11/2014 22:56, "SKYWATCHER" <email address hidden> escribió:
>
> > It's real sad, more than a year since it was reported and it's still not
> > fixed... Things like these make Ubuntu "3rd world OS" in terms of user
> > interface.
> >
> > --
> > You received this bug notification because you are subscribed to a
> > duplicate bug report (1173223).
> > https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1170647
> >
> > Title:
> > After minimizing an external media, clicking on the "Files" icon on
> > the Launcher doesn't restore the minimized window, but opens a new one
> >
> > Status in One Hundred Papercuts:
> > Triaged
> > Status in Unity:
> > Triaged
> > Status in unity package in Ubuntu:
> > Triaged
> >
> > Bug description:
> > *******
> > ISSUE
> > *******
> >
> > HOW TO REPRODUCE
> >
> > 1. Connect a removable media to the computer.
> > 2. On the launcher, click on the "Files" icon.
> > 3. On the left sidebar, click on the removable media icon or the trash.
> > 4. Minimize the window.
> > 5. Click on the "Files" icon.
> >
> > EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR
> >
> > - The Files window to be maximized.
> >
> > REAL BEHAVIOUR
> >
> > - A new window is opened.
> >
> > RELEVANT DETAILS
> >
> > - The only way to navigate between windows at this moment is to use
> > the "control + tabulation" key combination, or to click again on the
> > "Files" icon so windows are exposed.
> >
> > **********
> > SOLUTION
> > **********
> >
> > WORK-AROUND
> >
> > - On the launcher, left click on the "Files" icon and select the
> > "unlock from Launcher" option.
> >
> > FIX
> >
> > - The launcher icon for "Files" to be treated the same way as if it
> > was unlocked.
> >
> > REGRESSION POTENTIAL
> >
> > - Clicking on the "Files" icon won't send the user to its home folder,
> > but to the latest opened Files window.
> >
> > ****************
> > TECHNICAL INFO
> > ****************
> >
> > ProblemType: Bug
> > DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
> > Package: nautilus 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu16
> > ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-18.28-generic 3.8.6
> > Uname: Linux 3.8.0-18-generic i686
> > ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu8
> > Architecture: i386
> > Date: Fri Apr 19 11:33:13 2013
> > EcryptfsInUse: Yes
> > GsettingsChanges:
> > b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'geometry' b"'814x493+136+38'"
> > b'org.gnome.nautilus.window-state' b'sidebar-width' b'182'
> > InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-07-23 (635 days ago)
> > InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386
> (20110426)
> > MarkForUpload: True
> > SourcePackage: nautilus
> > UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to raring on 2013-04-14 (4 days ago)
> >
> > To manage notifications about this bug go to:
> > https://bugs.launchpad.net/hundredpapercuts/+bug/1170647/+subscriptions
> >
>
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> report.
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1170647
>
> Title:
> After minimizing an external media, clicking on the "Files" icon on
> the Launcher doesn't rest...

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Bruno Nova (brunonova) wrote :

The problem here is that the Ubuntu developers decided that "when you click the file manager icon, your home folder should open". So, when the trash (or a device) is open, clicking the file manager icon opens a new window with the home folder. Even Mark Shuttleworth said that's the intended behavior: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/769515/comments/3

This traded one usability problem by another!
When only the trash in open, for example, the file manager icon is also highlighted, and Unity indicates with two arrows that the file manager is open and focused. Also, the windows is minimized/restored to/from that icon.
If this behavior is to be kept, these issues should be fixed because they are very misleading.

Or just revert the behavior!
If you put the cursor over the file manager icon, the tooltip says "Files", not "Home Folder". So, why would the user expect that this icon is used only to open the home folder?

My vote goes to reverting this behavior (someone provided a patch already).
Just my humble opinion.

Dirk Mcbratney (djmcbratney) wrote :

Why is this still an issue ​given that Chrome and Firefox web app windows
work as intended?

Doug McMahon (mc3man) on 2014-11-30
description: updated
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James (jcmes) wrote :

What the heck is Mark Shuttleworth thinking? This is inconsistent design, an exception to how every other launcher behaves, and the "trade off" is ridiculous -- NO USABILITY is gained by this inconsistency -- I never once thought -- "oh well at least I'm back at my Home folder." He needs to stop trying to impose usability and realize it a science he must abide by if he wants to be a good usability designer, starting with users' habits set down since Windows 95, and our need for functional consistency in any interface that conforms to human reason and democracy, not the whims of a "innovation". I vote that this be changed because it is an embarassing bug we'd never expect from Microsoft or Apple.

Luigi R. (xluigi84) wrote :

Guys I do not understand why I do not have the problem anymore on my ubuntu 14.04. The file icon behaves how it should be (opening all minimized windows and middle click to open a new window). I would like to understand what I have changed (maybe in compiz) that makes everything fine.

I'm planning to update my distro soon but before doing it I would like to investigate what is different from you.

I believe in the dash I'm using nautilus-folder-handler.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Files
Comment=Access and organize files
Exec=nautilus %U
Icon=system-file-manager
Terminal=false
NoDisplay=true
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Utility;Core;
MimeType=inode/directory;application/x-gnome-saved-search;
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=nautilus
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Version=3.2.1
X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus

instead of nautilus.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Files
Comment=Access and organize files
Keywords=folder;manager;explore;disk;filesystem;
Exec=nautilus --new-window %U
Icon=system-file-manager
Terminal=false
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Utility;Core;FileManager;
MimeType=inode/directory;application/x-gnome-saved-search;
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=nautilus
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general
X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Version=3.10.1
X-GNOME-UsesNotifications=true
Actions=Window;
X-Unity-IconBackgroundColor=#af4853
X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus

[Desktop Action Window]
Name=Open a New Window
Exec=nautilus --new-window
OnlyShowIn=Unity;

Luigi R. (xluigi84) wrote :

Both .desktop files are under /usr/share/applications

MakisH (makishourdakis) wrote :

I still have this problem on Ubuntu 14.04.1 (originally 13.10).
I have the same .desktop files as Luigi R (comment #95), I haven't changed anything in them.

tags: removed: amd64 saucy ubuntu-desktop-trusty
Luigi R. (xluigi84) wrote :

I do not know what happens, I did not reinstall ubuntu but just keeping updating, now as everyone here I am facing again the bug.

Luigi R. (xluigi84) wrote :

...but only for the trash and the external media. The local partition which is mounted as:

/mnt/Data auto uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=077,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0

do not show the problem.

Bimal J Rekhadiya (bimaljr) wrote :

I am facing this issue.

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64bit on my laptop with all updates installed till now.

- I open the "Files" from the Unity dash.
- Than I move to other window like Firefox, Skype etc.
- After some time (approx 30 or 50 minutes) when I click on the "Files" to open the window, it open a new window. It cannot maximize my first window and always open new window.
- So to get my first window, I need to open new window by click on "Files". Than click again on it. So I get my open "Files" windows. Than I need to click my first window.

To let you know, I already mounted my NTFS partitions.

Bimal Rekhadiya

Joe6832 (manfred-gron) wrote :

Oh, this bug is still triaged since many month-years. Also there are so many bug reports which are duplicates. I hope in the next ubuntu release it will be fixed.

Question: Why thats not tagged as high-priority? This is annoying a lot. I dont believe there are so only 260 people which are working with Windows Partition in Ubuntu :)

Jimmy Angelakos (vyruss) wrote :

Confirmed on 14.04.2 LTS - the "Unlock from launcher" work-around works perfectly. It *has* to be related.

Matt Anderson (wmattanderson) wrote :

I have had this bug for as long as I can remember, first time I bothered to look it up

Peter Roos (roospeteristvan) wrote :

Patience, fellow users. This bug seems to be fixed in 15.04 Daily.

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