Use Nemo instead of Caja

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#Information before anything else
This entire thread assumes all that is desired is Nemo without CInnamon. Not that it matters because even if installing Nemo normally, none of the dconf schemas for it seem to function. So users may as well trim the fat and stick with this method, with the knowledge that some media functions within Nemo cannot be modified.

Previous and ongoing Compiz issues between repositoriesPreviously, Noobslab's PPA was the only one that functioned in Wily with Compiz, at least on my machine. It never mattered what I did, how I did it, or the order of how I did it, webupd8's PPA for Nemo just had something _wrong_ with it. Now that Xenial is out, I took another look at their PPA and it works...

Except for Zesty users who composite their desktop with Compiz. I am still looking into ths.

If you want folder colours...If Costales' folder color extension for nemo is necessary for daily operation, this is the only PPA that allows use of his extension for some reason. [s]That, or there is the folder-color package from webupd8's PPA. Either way gives you more folder personalization options.[/s] folder-color is in Ubuntu's Universe repo. My apologies; webupd8 has no such package to my knowledge.
If upgrading from Wily or Xenial...>If you installed Nemo 2.8 on Xenial, you can now add the new PPA for Nemo 3 and upgrade to it. The guide below shows a more thorough, albeit destructive way of doing it, but either means (upgrading from or removing 2.8) requires `nemo -q`, then `nemo -n` to relaunch it.

#Introduction
If coming from Linux Mint, or if Caja is lacking in certain aspects for daily use, there’s fortunately an alternative which may be more preferable. While functionally similar to Caja, Nemo provides other things of interest to some users, such as a graphical representation of volume space, zoom slider, enhanced file transfer options, a slick-looking interface provided via GTK3 (for those who care) and so on.

#Finding Nemo
There are a variety of ways that one can go about obtaining Nemo. Below are steps relevant for each version of Ubuntu MATE in use;

###Wily / Xenial outdated (Nemo 2.8)

  • Do either to add a PPA to install Nemo 2.8 from;
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo (preferred)
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/nemo
  • Do sudo apt-get update
  • Do sudo apt-get install nemo
  • Proceed to Other package actions that can be performed / Additional packages

###Xenial post-upgrade / Yakkety pre-upgrade, outdated (Nemo 3.2)
(Since this was written, you may end up with 3.6 instead! If you’ve held nemo before, you might want to unhold to install the latest version.)

  • If upgrading from Xenial, perform the following;
  • Unlock any locked packages for Nemo to avoid further complications.
  • sudo apt --purge autoremove nemo*
  • sudo apt rm -rf /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8-ubuntu-nemo*
  • Add the Nemo 3.0 PPA; sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo3
  • Do sudo apt update
  • Do sudo apt install nemo
  • Do sudo apt-mark hold nemo
  • Carry on below.

###Cosmic fresh install (Nemo 3.6)

  • Save this package: https://packages.ubuntu.com/artful/amd64/libgnome-desktop-3-12/download
  • Use dpkg or gdebi-gtk to install it.
  • Add the Nemo 3.0 PPA; sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo3
  • This will cause errors; modify /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-ubuntu-nemo3-cosmic.list so artful is used instead of cosmic.
  • Install the following packages from webupd8’s Nemo 3 repo in order;
  • sudo apt install -y libxapp1=1.0.4-1~webupd8~artful nemo-data=3.6.5-1~webupd8~artful01 libnemo-extension1=3.6.5-1~webupd8~artful01
  • sudo apt install -y nemo=3.6.5-1~webupd8~artful01
  • sudo apt install -y nemo-fileroller=3.6.0-1~webupd8~artful
  • Do sudo apt-mark hold libnemo-extension1 nemo nemo-data nemo-fileroller libxapp1

###Other package actions that can be performed
Additional packages
There are a bevy of other packages that can be added alongside Nemo. As listed below;

nemo-terminal (maybe slightly broken)
nemo-fileroller nemo-compare nemo-dropbox (Requires official Dropbox package if from Noobslabs’ PPA)
nemo-media-columns nemo-pastebin nemo-seahorse nemo-share nemo-emblems nemo-image-converter nemo-audio-tab

If you have trouble installing any of these, or if any of them demand otherwise-unnecessary cinnamon dependencies, try seeing your system’s install policy with apt-cache policy followed by a package name above.

Packages that can be removed
Feel free to do the following to remove Nemo’s archival tool; These packages are not necessary and can be removed if a leaner system is of preference;
sudo apt --purge remove nemo-fileroller file-roller

Do note; there may be some functions from file-roller that Nemo may need depending on how the file manager is used, so it might be best to keep those until is it certain they are not necessary.

#Making everything else find Nemo
###More terminal stuff

Using Cosmic? You can skip the first command as xdg-mime doesn’t complain.

After installing nemo, do this in a terminal:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications

The above is so xdg-mime doesn’t complain about missing folders, which will now be used to make nemo the default FM:

xdg-mime default nemo-folder-handler.desktop inode/directory application/x-mate-saved-search application/x-gnome-saved-search

(Most guides suggest nemo.desktop, though nemo-folder-handler.desktop works just as well and it acts exactly as caja-folder-handler does.)

Previously I said it was best to set nemo as a required component for MATE with gsettings; This is foolish if you use autorun functions from Caja, since Webupd8’s Nemo package lacks the schemas it relies on for autorun to work with it.

gsettings set org.nemo.desktop can also be done, appended with the following booleen arguments:
background-fade network-icon-visible volumes-visible computer-icon-visible home-icon-visible show-desktop-icons trash-icon-visible

Use any selection, and follow with true or false for on or off. Example:
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop volumes-visible true

gsettings set org.mate.background show-desktop-icons false should be done so caja can continue to run in the background, since there is no way for nemo to have media autorun functions defined.

###Modifying MATE menu’s Places plugin

The below steps will make it so mate-menu will open whatever xdg prefers to use. This procedure should also be done to anything else that relies solely on caja as its file manager, and the command below is only an example: Use whatever text editor is preferred;

gksu pluma /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/mate_menu/plugins/places.py

Edit that so everything using caja as an open command uses the provided xdg binaries instead. Conveniently, programming isn’t complete for it, and every single instance has a FIXME comment because the team behind the script failed to make xdg binaries as fallback. Else for those who are lazy and want it done for them, select all below and paste into places.py:
#####For raw version from Pastebin, see here.


# Copyright (C) 2007-2014 Clement Lefebvre <[email protected]>
# Copyright (C) 2015 Martin Wimpress <[email protected]>
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import ctypes
import gettext
import os
import shutil
from ctypes import *
from gi.repository import Gtk, Gio
from mate_menu.easybuttons import *
from mate_menu.easygsettings import EasyGSettings
from mate_menu.execute import Execute
from user import home
from urllib import unquote

gtk = CDLL("libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0")

# i18n
gettext.install("mate-menu", "/usr/share/locale")

class pluginclass( object ):

    def __init__(self, mateMenuWin, toggleButton):

        self.mateMenuWin = mateMenuWin
        self.toggleButton = toggleButton

        # Read UI file        
        builder = Gtk.Builder()
        builder.add_from_file( os.path.join( '/', 'usr', 'share', 'mate-menu',  'plugins', 'places.glade' ))
               
        self.placesBtnHolder    = builder.get_object( "places_button_holder" )
        self.editableBtnHolder  = builder.get_object( "editable_button_holder" )
        self.scrolledWindow=builder.get_object("scrolledwindow2")
        # These properties are NECESSARY to maintain consistency

        # Set 'window' property for the plugin (Must be the root widget)
        self.window = builder.get_object( "mainWindow" )

        # Set 'heading' property for plugin
        self.heading = _("Places")

        # This should be the first item added to the window in glade
        self.content_holder = builder.get_object( "Places" )

        # Items to get custom colors
        self.itemstocolor = [ builder.get_object( "viewport2" ) ]

        # Settings        
        self.settings = EasyGSettings("org.mate.mate-menu.plugins.places")

        self.settings.notifyAdd( "icon-size", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-computer", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-desktop", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-home_folder", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-network", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-trash", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "custom-names", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "allow-scrollbar", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "show-gtk-bookmarks", self.RegenPlugin )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "height", self.changePluginSize )
        self.settings.notifyAdd( "width", self.changePluginSize )        

        self.loadSettings()

        self.content_holder.set_size_request( self.width, self.height )                            

    def wake (self) :
        if ( self.showtrash == True ):
            self.refreshTrash()

    def destroy( self ):
        self.settings.notifyRemoveAll()

    def changePluginSize( self, settings, key, args = None):
        self.allowScrollbar = self.settings.get( "bool", "allow-scrollbar" )
        self.width = self.settings.get( "int", "width" )               
        if (self.allowScrollbar == False):
            self.height = -1
            self.scrolledWindow.set_policy( Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC, Gtk.PolicyType.NEVER )
        else:
            self.scrolledWindow.set_policy( Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC, Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC )
            self.height = self.settings.get( "int", "height" )
        self.content_holder.set_size_request( self.width, self.height )

    def RegenPlugin( self, *args, **kargs ):
        self.loadSettings()
        self.ClearAll()
        self.do_standard_places()
        self.do_custom_places()
        self.do_gtk_bookmarks()

    def loadSettings( self ):
        self.width = self.settings.get( "int", "width" )
        self.allowScrollbar = self.settings.get( "bool", "allow-scrollbar" )
        self.showGTKBookmarks = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-gtk-bookmarks" )
        self.scrolledWindow.set_policy( Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC, Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC )
        self.height = self.settings.get( "int", "height" )
        self.content_holder.set_size_request( self.width, self.height )
        if (self.allowScrollbar == False):
            self.height = -1
            self.scrolledWindow.set_policy( Gtk.PolicyType.AUTOMATIC, Gtk.PolicyType.NEVER )
        self.content_holder.set_size_request( self.width, self.height )        
        self.iconsize = self.settings.get( "int", "icon-size" )

        # Check default items

        self.showcomputer = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-computer" )
        self.showhomefolder = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-home-folder" )
        self.shownetwork = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-network" )
        self.showdesktop = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-desktop" )
        self.showtrash = self.settings.get( "bool", "show-trash" )

        # Get paths for custom items
        self.custompaths = self.settings.get( "list-string", "custom-paths" )

        # Get names for custom items
        self.customnames = self.settings.get( "list-string", "custom-names" )

        # Plugin icon
        self.icon = self.settings.get( "string", "icon" )
        # Allow plugin to be minimized to the left plugin pane
        self.sticky = self.settings.get( "bool", "sticky")
        self.minimized = self.settings.get( "bool", "minimized")
        
    def ClearAll(self):
        for child in self.placesBtnHolder.get_children():
            child.destroy()
        for child in self.editableBtnHolder.get_children():
            child.destroy()

    #Add standard places
    def do_standard_places( self ):

        if ( self.showcomputer == True ):
            Button1 = easyButton( "computer", self.iconsize, [_("Computer")], -1, -1 )

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #Button1.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "caja computer:" )
            Button1.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "xdg-open /" )

            Button1.show()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( Button1, False, False, 0)
            self.mateMenuWin.setTooltip( Button1, _("Browse all local and remote disks and folders accessible from this computer") )

        if ( self.showhomefolder == True ):
            Button2 = easyButton( "user-home", self.iconsize, [_("Home Folder")], -1, -1 )

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #Button2.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "caja %s " % home )
            Button2.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "xdg-open %s " % home )

            Button2.show()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( Button2, False, False, 0)
            self.mateMenuWin.setTooltip( Button2, _("Open your personal folder") )

        if ( self.shownetwork == True):
            mate_settings = Gio.Settings.new("org.mate.interface")
            icon_theme = mate_settings.get_string( "icon-theme" )
            Button3 = easyButton( "network-workgroup", self.iconsize, [_("Network")], -1, -1)

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #Button3.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "caja network:" )
            Button3.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "xdg-open network:" )

            Button3.show()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( Button3, False, False, 0)
            self.mateMenuWin.setTooltip( Button3, _("Browse bookmarked and local network locations") )

        if ( self.showdesktop == True ):
            # Determine where the Desktop folder is (could be localized)
            desktopDir = home + "/Desktop"
            try:
                from configobj import ConfigObj
                config = ConfigObj(home + "/.config/user-dirs.dirs")
                tmpdesktopDir = config['XDG_DESKTOP_DIR']
                if os.path.exists(tmpdesktopDir):
                    desktopDir = tmpdesktopDir
            except Exception, detail:
                print detail
            Button4 = easyButton( "desktop", self.iconsize, [_("Desktop")], -1, -1 )

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #Button4.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "caja \"" + desktopDir + "\"")
            Button4.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "xdg-open \"" + desktopDir + "\"")

            Button4.show()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( Button4, False, False, 0)
            self.mateMenuWin.setTooltip( Button4, _("Browse items placed on the desktop") )

        if ( self.showtrash == True ):
            self.trashButton = easyButton( "user-trash", self.iconsize, [_("Trash")], -1, -1 )

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #self.trashButton.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "caja trash:" )
            self.trashButton.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, "xdg-open trash:" )

            self.trashButton.show()
            self.trashButton.connect( "button-release-event", self.trashPopup )
            self.refreshTrash()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( self.trashButton, False, False, 0)
            self.mateMenuWin.setTooltip( self.trashButton, _("Browse deleted files") )

    def do_custom_places( self ):
        for index in range( len(self.custompaths) ):
            path = self.custompaths[index]
            path = path.replace("~", home)

            #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
            #command = ( "caja \"" + path + "\"")
            command = ( "xdg-open \"" + path + "\"")

            currentbutton = easyButton( "folder", self.iconsize, [self.customnames[index]], -1, -1 )
            currentbutton.connect( "clicked", self.ButtonClicked, command )
            currentbutton.show()
            self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( currentbutton, False, False, 0)

    def do_gtk_bookmarks( self ):
        if self.showGTKBookmarks:
            if not os.path.exists(os.path.expanduser('~/.gtk-bookmarks')):
                return
            bookmarks = []
            with open(os.path.expanduser('~/.gtk-bookmarks'), 'r') as f:
                for line in f:
                    #line = line.replace('file://', '')
                    line = line.rstrip()
                    if not line:
                        continue
                    parts = line.split(' ', 1)

                    if len(parts) == 2:
                        path, name = parts
                    elif len(parts) == 1:
                        path = parts[0]
                        name = os.path.basename(os.path.normpath(path))
                    bookmarks.append((name, path))

            for name, path in bookmarks:
                name = unquote(name)
                currentbutton = easyButton( "folder", self.iconsize, [name], -1, -1 )
                currentbutton.connect( "clicked", self.launch_gtk_bookmark, path )
                currentbutton.show()
                self.placesBtnHolder.pack_start( currentbutton, False, False, 0)
                
    def launch_gtk_bookmark (self, widget, path):
        self.mateMenuWin.hide()

        #FIXME: Check for caja on the path and fall back to xdg-open
        #os.system("caja \"%s\" &" % path)
        os.system("xdg-open \"%s\" &" % path)

    def trashPopup( self, widget, event ):
        if event.button == 3:
            trashMenu = Gtk.Menu()
            emptyTrashMenuItem = Gtk.MenuItem(_("Empty trash"))
            trashMenu.append(emptyTrashMenuItem)
            trashMenu.show_all()
            emptyTrashMenuItem.connect ( "activate", self.emptyTrash, widget )
            self.mateMenuWin.stopHiding()
            gtk.gtk_menu_popup(hash(trashMenu), None, None, None, None, 3, 0)

    def emptyTrash( self, menu, widget):
        trash_info = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.local','share','Trash','info')
        trash_files = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.local','share','Trash','files')
        shutil.rmtree(trash_info)
        shutil.rmtree(trash_files)
        self.trashButton.setIcon('user-trash')

    def ButtonClicked( self, widget, Exec ):
        self.mateMenuWin.hide()
        if Exec:
            Execute( Exec )

    def do_plugin( self ):
        self.do_standard_places()
        self.do_custom_places()
        self.do_gtk_bookmarks()

    def refreshTrash (self):
        iconName = 'user-trash'
        trash_info = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.local','share','Trash','info')
        if os.path.exists(trash_info) and os.listdir(trash_info):
            iconName = 'user-trash-full'

        self.trashButton.setIcon(iconName)

Responsible users make backups; Don’t overwrite the old file, rather, save under a different filename and rename the original; the new file can be symbolically linked as `places.py, and should it be necessary to undo this change, the link can be deleted and remade to use the old file instead.

More than that is probably necessary depending on panel applets in use, but for most people it’ll be all they need to bother with.
#The desktop background
If it hasn’t been noticed, nemo's default background is a pleasant, solid shade of blue. (In Nemo 3.x there’s an XML file used instead which has pre-defined backgrounds that occasionally change.) This is because it’s relying on a dconf scheme that isn’t for MATE (since it’s a GTK3 app, it’ll rely on schemas for GNOME and Cinnamon). To change the desktop background for nemo, perform the following;
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file://bgpath
bgpath being the file location of your image, Must begin with forward-slash.

###An alternative; Symbolic link
I recently discovered that symbolic links will work for pictures, as well; just make a symbolic link to whatever image is preferred. I would recommend using ln from terminal for this; ex: ln -s ~/Pictures/myimg.png ~/Pictures/desktopbg (You can make the link named whatever you want.)

Afterward, using the above ln example, perform the following;
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file:///home/user/Pictures/desktopbg gsettings set org.nemo.background picture-filename /home/user/Pictures/desktopbg
Replace user with your user name. If you cannot see this, you can type whoami in a terminal, or run mate-about-me to find this.

#Desktop issues with Compiz
Previously, installing Nemo via ppa:webupd8team/nemo (at least in Xenial) no longer caused a weird display issue that rendered the desktop completely unusable. This same issue has happened again in Zesty, and no amount of downgrading I’ve seen can resolve it. I don’t know how to fix it yet, this will be updated when I do figure it out.

#Terminal issues
By default, unless specified by the installation of another terminal application like terminator, Nemo will open lxterm. To fix this, do the following;

  • Setting update-alternatives to use whatever terminal you want
    Do sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator and manually define your preferred terminal emulator of choice.
  • Optionally, for consistency with GNOME
    gsettings set org.mate.applications-terminal exec 'x-terminal-emulator' gsettings set org.mate.applications-terminal exec-arg '-e'

#Bookmarks
Some rely on them, and may be slightly disappointed the bookmarks from Caja aren’t usable in Nemo by default . The quick fix for this is simple enough. Open a terminal and perform the following;

  • If bookmarks were already made
    rm -rf ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks ln -s ~/.gtk-bookmarks ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks
  • If bookmarks are yet to be made
    touch ~/.gtk-bookmarks mkdir -p ~/.config/gtk-3.0 ln -s ~/.gtk-bookmarks ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks

Since they are essentially the same file, their contents can also be merged together prior to linking by duplicating the contents of one into the other. Either way, the end result is bookmarks synchronized between both file managers and also, having all bookmarks appear in places for all GTK2 menus that show it.

#Undoing the above
Simple instructions are provided via this guide. Please use the contents above to remove and undo any additional files as necessary.

#Information sources

There are so many! Hidden for convenience, expand to see. http://askubuntu.com/questions/358584/nemo-2-0-does-not-render-desktop-correctly-with-compiz http://askubuntu.com/questions/192747/where-does-nautilus-stores-bookmark-names http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/install-nemo-with-unity-patches-and.html http://www.webupd8.org/2016/11/nemo-320-with-unity-patches-and-without.html http://www.fandigital.com/2013/01/set-nemo-default-file-manager-ubuntu.html http://www.noobslab.com/2015/09/latest-nemo-file-manager-with.html https://bugs.launchpad.net/folder-color/+bug/1573423 Andrew from Webup8; He sent me an E-Mail figuring the Nemo background stuff out

Replace Caja with Thunar and XFCE Desktop (update 10/02/16)
Tips, Tutorials and Guides Index
File Manager with Zoom Slider?
Nemo- advice needed
For Nemo users; How to install Nemo Preview (broken, help!)
[Xenial] How to enable folder colors in Nemo, right now
How to install and use Nemo in Ubuntu Mate 16.04.1
Use XFCE Desktop instead of Caja or Nemo (depreciated)
#2

I goofed, really, really hard. Of all the things, it was the mkdir command. Now fixed.


#3

There was a problem with Compiz that was resolved by using the noobslab PPA; OP has been edited to provide additional information as to what the problem was, and how to fix it.


#4

Thank you for providing these instructions. I’ve been wanting to try Nemo. (Just because it had a theme-able sidebar :blush: )

A tip for command line usage, here’s one of the dconf commands:

dconf write /org/mate/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons false

15.10 with Compiz here, there is another way to change the default file manager – in Preferred Applications:

So it opened Nemo from the Places menu, but some instances like plugging in a USB drive still opened Caja.


I actually was just testing it, I wasn’t intending to replace it just quite yet. :slight_smile:


#5

What is Nemo? The quick searching I did makes me think it’s similar to the (sadly) defunct nautilus-elementary that I used to swear by on my netbook, but I’m really not finding anything about it. What makes it better than Caja? What are its features? Is it just a patched version of Nautilus or Files or whatever they’re calling it now?


#6

Nemo is the file manager used in the Cinnamon desktop (used in Linux Mint). It’s basically a later fork of Nautilus before they started stripping features from it. Just like Caja is a Nautilus fork, but I think Caja is earlier (more within GNOME 2’s times)

It’s visually similar, some slight differences between them - like Nemo is GTK 3, Caja is GTK 2.

Screenshot under my current theme (Ambiance-Colours-Aqua):

It’s got some more compress options, customization of the toolbar, shows usage on devices, file copy queue and probably some other things.


#7

Looks good, I’ll have to give it a shot and see if I like it.


#8

Because you have to replace what’s used when xdg-open is executed, I believe. In my Ubuntu MATE install, everything opens Nemo no matter what unless specified to open caja.

Also, the formatting of my post here seems really weird. That, or something in Firefox for Windows is having a really bad day.


#9

[quote=“tiox, post:8, topic:4124, full:true”]something in Firefox for Windows is having a really bad day.
[/quote]

Have you given Pale Moon Browser a look?

EDIT: How can I get my desktop icons back?


#10

Probably far out of date in response, but you can get your desktop icons “back” by executing either caja or nemo. If you are talking about specific icons you had as part and parcel of caja, then you’ll need to visit dconf-editor and look under org.nemo.desktop. If you only need gsettings strings, all of these are booleen;
org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons (necessary for the below)
org.nemo.desktop computer-icon-visible org.nemo.desktop home-icon-visible org.nemo.desktop network-icon-visible org.nemo.desktop trash-icon-visible
org.nemo.desktop volumes-visible (Mounted devices)

Also, my issues have something to do with the website. My size tags no longer work in the OP.
[size=20]This should be size 20, but it isn’t.[/size]


#11

webupd8’s PPA no longer gives me problems! After upgrading to Xenial, I looked again and to my amazement, Compiz no longer acts stupid with it.

So this means you can trust the webupd8 PPA again to cause no issues.


#12

I never, ever cared for bookmarks. But then it occurred to me; other people might. So I figured out how to make bookmarks display in both caja and nemo, with the beneficial side-effect of having them also show in Places menus, for whatever you use which relies on ~/.gtk-bookmarks.

So if you thought the bookmark functionality was broken, is actually is, but it’s an easy fix. Also applied further corrections, and added some brief information regarding other stuff that was posted here, which was woefully missing when I thought I was finished the other sixteen times around.


#13

Thanks for the updates, am now using Nemo with all my preferred settings.


#14

People like you are the reason why I do this. Since you’ve committed to following my instructions, were there any issues you encountered?


#15

Just wanted to say, you can do this for dolphin too, just skip the PPA stuff, installing Dolphin from Ubuntu’s repos and use com.kde.dolphin.desktop instead of nemo-folder-handler.desktop

I was going to write a separate guide on this, when I noticed using Dolphin in a live session, the terminal would spit out a crapload of errors. Aside from installing the oxygen theme, would anyone happen to know some work-arounds for all the errors and crap that dolphin produces when used outside of KDE?


#16

The xdg-mime command also needs application/x-mate-saved-search for saved searches made in caja to open (perhaps?) and it’s missing from the xdg-mime command. Shame I couldn’t, you know, edit this topic since after sixty days the topic is locked and needs to become wikified to become further editable; What the actual stupid $#%! is that about?


#17

I’ve changed your first post into a wiki post so you can edit it. (Kindly request or tell us in #meta )

It’s the default setting, I’ll see what the other moderators think to abolishing the 2 month edit limit. I suppose it’s there as a safety precaution, but it is inconvenient for tutorials and guides.


#18

Modified OP to be more explicit, with more terminal commands and with more information about the desktop background image.


#19

This is stupid; I’ve noticed I could not follow the same instruction set for Xenial because I encountered errors due to Webupd8 not adding Yakkety support for their PPA.

Maine in the coming months they might do it, but people don’t have time for that so I included instructions to use the Xenial packages in Yakkety. It’s a bit of a faff since you need to also lock the version but I will update this the moment I see Yakkety support in the PPA.


#20

Added information about upgrade paths for users coming from Wily (should there be any), who upgrade to either Xenial or Yakkety, instructions for Yakkety users with a fresh install, attribution of sources for Nemo 3.x and touched up the formatting.