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#1 2015-04-10 22:48:15

binkz
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changing file manager in preferred applications not working

Hi, I'm using Xfce4.8 on Debian Wheezy and been trying to change the file manager in preferred applications from Thunar 1.2.3 to either PCman or Xfe but it just doesn't work. I tried this suggestion http://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=6308 to no avail. The desired file manager shows up properly in the preferred applications window but when I double-click on a folder it is automatically opened in Thunar. I also don't have the "Open with" option on right-click. Of course I tried logging out and rebooting after the change. Any ideas anyone?

Thanks...

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#2 2015-04-11 02:10:45

ToZ
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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

binkz wrote:

Hi, I'm using Xfce4.8 on Debian Wheezy...

but when I double-click on a folder it is automatically opened in Thunar.

Where are you double-clicking on a folder? On the desktop? If so, see: https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=7332. It was a bug in 4.8.


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#3 2015-04-11 03:40:06

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

ToZ wrote:

Where are you double-clicking on a folder? On the desktop? If so, see: https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=7332. It was a bug in 4.8.

Yes on the desktop. Is there a patch for this bug or is an upgrade to 4.10 the only option?

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#4 2015-04-11 15:45:30

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

what about uninstalling xfdesktop and let the desktop manage by pcman(like in lxde)


$ aptitude why gnome   
Unable to find a reason to install gnome.

regards, ssf

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#5 2015-04-12 03:28:29

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

sixsixfive wrote:

what about uninstalling xfdesktop and let the desktop manage by pcman(like in lxde)

Might as well switch to lxde!

Anyway it's too restrictive. I'd like to keep xfdesktop, it's not the problem and there is no reason to deprecate xfce because of a temporary bug.

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#6 2015-04-12 10:08:14

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

binkz wrote:

Is there a patch for this bug or is an upgrade to 4.10 the only option?

I don't believe the patch was back-ported to the 4.8 series, so you will have to update to 4.10 if you want the fix.


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#7 2015-04-12 13:06:14

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

also could try something like mv /usr/bin/thunar /usr/bin/thunar.bak; ln -s /usr/bin/pcmanfm /usr/bin/thunar since you don't use thunar(i do the same in kde to open everything in konqueror)


$ aptitude why gnome   
Unable to find a reason to install gnome.

regards, ssf

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#8 2015-04-12 16:59:58

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Re: changing file manager in preferred applications not working

Xfce 4.10 is the default on Debian Testing so not so far around the corner. Either way I'm contemplating a switch to testing for some time now so I guess I'll just bite the bullet for the moment.

I created a PCman launcher on the desktop to solve this. Drag and drop folders on the launcher as needed. Ugly but doesn't mess with the system.

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