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Old 12-05-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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How do i change the default file manager from nautilus to e.g. dolphin


Using Fedora 10. I want to try different file managers for a while but can't find how to specify the default. I can open each one via the apps menu but can't find the "set as default" option.
Anyone help me ?
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:08 PM   #2
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Most of us probably set up a link on our desktop (mine is called "Home") which points to our currently preferred filemanager. You click it, it opens, in my case, at /home/tred
 
Old 12-05-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks -
Yes, if a symlink is created one can specify "open with", but the default remains unchanged and this is what is used by the "computer" and "User's Home" icons placed on the desktop during the default F10 installation. These do not have any options.
I've looked at the system-preferences menu but see no options.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
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You don't say which WM you are using. Mine is KDE.
I R-click "Home" on my desktop -> properties -> Application Tab and mine says konqueror --profile filemanagement
If you want something else, just put the path to it there, along with any commandline parameters you'd like.
 
Old 12-05-2008, 03:34 PM   #5
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Its Gnome (I used KDE until v4 - which I hate - ah weh each to his own).
The Computer and home icons have tabs for basic (name definition only), emblem and notes. no path is defined or visible.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:50 PM   #6
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Ah. Gnome.
And I know what you mean about KDE4 - it is currently awful, but "under development". Previous experience with KDE suggests to me that it'll maybe usable by about 2.X. Meanwhile, I am avoiding it.

But credit to those who can find the time to test it and report bugs and thereby help fix problems. Such is the path of progress.

Unfortunately I cannot help you with gnome file-managers, defaults or otherwise, because I am a KDE (3.X.Y) enthusiast: just about everything is configurable to my liking, and is mostly easy and intuitive.

For the record I am running / maintaining for others, kubuntu 6.06.2 and 8.04. They are both working well.

Your OP was titled "How do i change the default file manager from nautilus to e.g. dolphin". I thought dolphin was a KDE application. Maybe you should seek a distro that will install KDE 3.x.y

Give it a go.

Sorry I cannot help you further.
 
Old 12-05-2008, 05:03 PM   #7
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I do not have dolphin but this should work. Right click on any folder in the desktop, click on "properties", click on "open with" tab, add dolphin. After dolphin is added to the list, make sure dolphin is checked.

Running Kde apps in gnome is not an issue except that the Kde libs will have to be installed (HD space).
 
Old 12-06-2008, 10:35 AM   #8
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I think we're drifting.

I have no problem running dolphin. The F10 install includes both KDEbase at 4.3 and Gnome.
If I select "open with" the folder will open in dolphin. If i then close dolphin and reclick on the folder it opens it in nautilus.

The original question was :- how do I make "any file manager" the default for all folders. my choice of dolphin was an example only.

Mike
 
Old 12-06-2008, 10:39 AM   #9
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You skipped the last step, see post #7.
 
Old 12-06-2008, 12:53 PM   #10
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I thought my reply answered last item of post 7 -

the kde apps do work e.g. k3b

Already installed are. . .
kdelibs3
kdelibs-common
kdelibs
kdebaselibs
=========
Rebooted
folders now open in dolphin except the "Computer" and "Home" on the desktop. R-click :- There is no delete option for these two items.
Mike

Last edited by emuub; 12-06-2008 at 01:03 PM. Reason: New info.
 
Old 12-07-2008, 01:18 PM   #11
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solved for kde but not for gnome

from the dolphin faq;-
5.2.
How do I make Dolphin my default file manager?
To make Dolphin the default file manager for KDE from the KDE control center open the File Associations section via; KDE Components>File Associations. If the user adds Dolphin to the list of applications for the folder mime type and make it the first choice, then Dolphin will become the default application to open any folder with. The folder mime type can be found by expanding the inode section of Known Types.
To make Dolphin the default file manager for the virtual folders created by KDE e.g. system:/ then again in the File Associations section of the control center expand the inode section of Known Types. Under the system_directory mime type, add Dolphin to the list of applications, however instead of choosing Dolphin from the kmenu, type the following in to the text box at the top; dolphin %u. The virtual folders created by KDE will then be opened by Dolphin as default.
 
Old 12-07-2008, 03:11 PM   #12
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su - into root
nautilus
then check your home folder as above(to get them to open with dolphin).

If you had deleted your home folder, you would not exist as a user(basically). If you just want to remove the icons from the desktop it is hidden someplace in the gconf files, its location moves a little bit so you may have to look around. The tool to edit these is in the gconf-editor package. If you search around the forum a bit this has been discussed on earlier releases, which is always a good place to start.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 12:43 PM   #13
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I was having the same problem.

To make Dolphin the default file manager I just removed nautilus completely rebooted and dolphin was now the default.

However, the Computer, Trash, and Home Icon's are no longer on my desktop, but I am sure you can make new ones.

Adrian
 
  


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