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Old 06-19-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
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Drag and drop not working on ubuntu


Basically when I try to drag and drop a file or shortcut on ubuntu (which is actually ubuntu server 10.04 with gnome installed) the icon just flies back to where it was before, very annoying having to copy and paste everything I want moved!
 
Old 06-19-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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tried to move things with right mouse button?
 
Old 06-19-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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I'm not quite sure what you mean, if you use the right click menu that isn't dragging and dropping.
 
Old 06-20-2010, 05:39 AM   #4
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here on xfce&thunar drag'n'drop can be done with right mouse button (press and hold)
 
Old 06-21-2010, 08:06 AM   #5
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Oh right no, sadly that just makes a menu appear.
 
Old 06-21-2010, 09:03 AM   #6
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What's a "shortcut"?

There is no such thing in Linux.

If you mean a desktop icon, that's actually not a shortcut or link, it's a special "desktop file" that contains the command needed to run the program, the program's name in various languages, and the path to the icon.

Or do you mean symlink?

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Old 06-21-2010, 09:09 AM   #7
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See if the following links help u:

http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2006/0...p-tips-in.html
http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-dr...-linux-253699/
 
Old 06-21-2010, 09:30 AM   #8
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What a horrible, misleading video!

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Drag and drop doesn't work automatically in the Ubuntu Linux distribution
It does!

He said "drag and drop doesn't work because of permissions", and then goes on to make a launcher for nautilus as root?

It has nothing to do with drag and drop!
 
Old 06-22-2010, 01:11 AM   #9
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What a horrible, misleading video!
I did not see that video myself, was it really that "horrible" ?
 
Old 06-22-2010, 07:41 AM   #10
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It states a lot of false information and is very misleading.

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Old 06-22-2010, 07:46 AM   #11
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Basically, they said that "drag and drop is disabled by default in Ubuntu".

Then they went of to say that to "enable drag and drop", you have to make a launcher that runs Nautilus as root.

Drag and drop was always enabled!!! It's just that you, as an unprivileged user, cannot modify system files. And drag and drop isn't just for files, unlike the appearant assumption made by the video's author!
 
Old 06-22-2010, 09:54 AM   #12
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What's a "shortcut"?

There is no such thing in Linux.
Lol, there's a seven under my name for a reason!

Anyway basically I cannot drag and drop anything, I had seen that video and ignored it in the past, the other link just says how to drag and drop.

The trouble is it actually seems as though it's trying not to let me it even has a little animation where the icon flies back to where it came from!
 
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If it "flies back" that means that you aren't dropping it on a valid target.
 
Old 06-22-2010, 12:15 PM   #14
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If it "flies back" that means that you aren't dropping it on a valid target.
Thing is though, I am! Eg dragging a file into a folder, I've done it before on other computers but on this one it wont work.
 
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Do you have permissions for the folder you're dropping onto?

What file manager have you used on those "other computers"?
 
  


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