I have an issue with Files app being duplicated in the Applications menu: enter image description here

I also noticed that the app is actually listed 4 times (!) when I try to open some file and I choose "Open with" -> "Other application":

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Why is it happening and how to fix it?

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    I am not prepared to call this an answer. I can't duplicate your system and check. This link may help you remove the duplicate entries in your start menu. For your open with context menu, check defaults.list for duplicates. It's in /usr/share/pantheon/applications. Before editing that file, back it up. – KGIII Nov 12 '20 at 16:58
  • @KGIII You are right. I used App Editor and I see that I have 3 instances of Nautilus there. I marked it as "hidden". However, I wonder, where did Nautilsu come from? I didn't install it explicitly. Am I able to check that somehow? How do I remove it from the "Open with" menu? – Loreno Nov 13 '20 at 12:23
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    Have you looked in the file mentioned for duplicate entries? I have no idea how you ended up with three instances, as I don't know what you've done with your computer. I can't even begin to speculate, because I've never seen it before and can't duplicate it. – KGIII Nov 13 '20 at 13:50
  • @KGIII I checked the defaults.list file. I found 2 entries with "Files" in it: inode/directory=io.elementary.files.desktop and x-scheme-handler/trash=io.elementary.files.desktop. I'm not sure what they even mean, so I didn't touch those. I am not sure if this is the cause since I see 4 copies of Files entry in my menu, not 2. – Loreno Nov 16 '20 at 7:37

did you install another File manager? (like Nautilus). If it is the case, the others "File" icons are the different file managers installed

  • No, I didn't install any other file manager – Loreno Nov 12 '20 at 15:41
  • Turns out your idea was almost right. The thing is, I did not install Nautilus explicitly. It must have been installed as a dependency of some other application I guess. Am I able to see how it got installed? – Loreno Nov 13 '20 at 12:25

There were 2 things that I did to solve this issue. First, thanks to @KGIII I removed Applications menu entries using App Editor. I found out that the "duplicats" were actually Nautilus file manager, and not the Pantheon Files. Then I just removed Nautilus from my system using apt purge nautilus.

Now, I do not have any "duplicates" in both the Applications menu and the "Open with" menu.

The only thing that I would like to learn is how Nautilus was installed on my system. I did not install it explicitly by myself, I think it had to come in as a dependency of some other package. However, am I able to know for sure how it got installed?

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    You can run apt-cache rdepends --installed nautilus, this will list the installed packages that depend on or "recommend" nautilus. – David Hewitt Nov 16 '20 at 9:41

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