GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 587414
Nautilus makes a copy of files and folders when dragged to desktop
Last modified: 2018-01-02 18:47:28 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.
Every item (files or folders) is copied intead of beinf moved.
Every item (files or folders) would be moved intead of being copied.
Does this happen every time?
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.
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.
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.
Confirming on 2.27.x (jhbuild sandbox).
*** Bug 602765 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Starting with version 3.28, nautilus will not handle the "files on desktop background" feature. For better alternatives, read this blog post https://csorianognome.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/nautilus-desktop-plans/