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How to disable Nautilus

update for later versions of Ubuntu: Apparently Nautilus is so integrated with Ubuntu that removing it causes many other headaches. You can disable it though, look here and here for more information.

  • in a Nautilus file window, enter the location start-here:///
  • click on Preferences, then on System, then on Sessions
  • select the current session, select Nautilus in the list, and click Remove, Apply
  • when you log out, enable the "Save current setup" checkbox

Alternative method:

  • run gnome-session-properties
  • in the "Current Session" tab, set the "Style" for nautilus to "Normal", then remove it and click "Apply", and "Close"
  • run gnome-session-save (note that this saves your entire current session, i.e. all open applications)
Alternative alternative method:

Apparently under Fedora 12 gnome-session-properties has changed again. I was able to "disable" nautilus by forcibly removing it: as root, in a tcsh, type:

foreach f (`rpm -qa | grep nautilus`) rpm -e --nodeps $f echo $f removed end

If you're running bash there must be a similar script. You could also just run
rpm -qa | grep nautilus, and remove the packages it shows one by one with
rpm -e --nodeps.

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