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Bug 587414 - Nautilus makes a copy of files and folders when dragged to desktop
Nautilus makes a copy of files and folders when dragged to desktop
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: Desktop
Other All
: Normal minor
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Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
: 602765 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-06-30 10:43 UTC by aldolat
Modified: 2018-01-02 18:47 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.27/2.28

Description aldolat 2009-06-30 10:43:36 UTC
Please describe the problem:
On a fresh installation, if you setup "desktop_is_home_dir" and open a directory in spatial mode (without opening it in explorer mode before), drag a directory or a file from that folder to the desktop and Nautilus will make a copy instead of moving it.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open gconf-editor
2. Go to Apps > Nautilus > Preferences and set to true the item "desktop_is_home_dir"
3. Open a folder, go to Edit > Preferences and set to false the option to open your folders in explorer mode.
4. Log out and re login.
5. Open a folder in the same partition of your desktop and try to move an item to the desktop.
6. The item will be copied intead of being moved.

Actual results:
Every item (files or folders) is copied intead of beinf moved.

Expected results:
Every item (files or folders) would be moved intead of being copied.

Does this happen every time?

Other information:
In this situation, where the items are copied, if I open a folder in explorer mode, the strange behaviour disappears for all the working session. If I logout and relogin the behaviour appears again.

I tried this test in two separate machines: on of them was a completely new installation of Ubuntu and the behaviour is present.
Comment 1 aldolat 2009-06-30 18:52:58 UTC
Only to make more clear the situation, when I write "desktop" I mean the home, which is for me the desktop, due to the "desktop_is_home_dir" setting.
Comment 2 aldolat 2009-07-02 18:23:11 UTC
I confirm this bug (if it's a bug) after further tests in different machines and after a few testers have followed the steps explained above and confirmed to me.
Comment 3 Luca Ferretti 2009-07-23 10:12:53 UTC
Confirming on 2.27.x (jhbuild sandbox).
Comment 4 William Jon McCann 2012-07-20 22:36:24 UTC
*** Bug 602765 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 António Fernandes 2018-01-02 18:47:28 UTC
Starting with version 3.28, nautilus will not handle the "files on desktop background" feature. For better alternatives, read this blog post