I would like to replace Pantheon Files with Nautilus in Freya 0.3.1. However, this doesn't work properly. After installing Nautilus it does not show in Slingshot. Nor can I add it to the dock because there is no symbol.

I then removed Pantheon Files because I thought both programs might be interfering. But to no avail.

It is possible to start Nautilus from Terminal. But then the following lines show up in Terminal:

$ nautilus
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "pantheon-filechooser-module"
nautilus-wipe-Message: Initializing

I am using an old MacBook 13" Core2Duo, Early 2008. In other respects, Freya is working just fine.

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    Are you aware that Nautilus will (most likely) simply be called "Files" in Slingshot? (So it has the same name as Pantheon Files, which is not a problem except for the user confusing both.)
    – quassy
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 20:34
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    Yes. But Nautilus does not show even after I uninstalled Pantheon Files. I can start it via Terminal, but it does not show in Slingshot
    – deesnook
    Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 23:07
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    Thiago Jedi's solution worked - now I have two "Files" apps in Slingshot. One is Pantheon Files, the other Nautilus. So you're both right :) Thanks!
    – deesnook
    Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 23:19

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The .desktop file for nautilus by default shows only when the desktop environment is Unity or Gnome.

To show Nautilus on slingshot you'll need to edit the desktop entry.

Edit the file /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop with this command:

sudo -H scratch-text-editor /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop

And then change the line OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity; to OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;Pantheon;.

It should now appear in slingshot and you'll be able to add to plank too with the same method.


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