GNOME launchers execute twice on double-click from Nautilus?

Joe Holloway jholloway7 at
Wed Sep 12 13:35:07 UTC 2007

Hi James,

Thanks for the response.  I've verified that I have "Double click to
activate items" selected.  In fact, when I switch over to "Single
click", it works as designed.  The behavior is only exhibited in
"Double click" mode approx 1/3 of the time.

On 9/11/07, James Takac <p3nndrag0n at> wrote:
> On Wednesday 12 September 2007 00:48:02 Joe Holloway wrote:
> > When I double-click to activate a launcher from within Nautilus, it
> > frequently launches the application twice.  I've reduced the equation
> > by creating a dummy launcher that just executes a "sleep 3".  Here's
> > what I've found:
> >
> > If I double-click on a launcher sitting on my desktop (outside of
> > Nautilus), it always behaves as expected and launches once.  The same
> > if I highlight the launcher on my Desktop and press "Enter".
> >
> > However, if I navigate to the launcher sitting in /home/joe/Desktop
> > (or anywhere else in the file system) using Nautilus and double-click,
> > about 1/3 of the time it launches two terminal windows instead of one.
> >  If I highlight the launcher and press "Enter", it always behaves as
> > expected and launches once.
> >
> > I suspect this is a bug in Nautilus, but I couldn't find the right
> > combination of keywords to score a hit.    Is there anyone in
> > ubuntu-users land that can confirm this behavior?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Joe
> HI Joe
> Per chance have you set things up to lauch on a single click? That would
> lickly account for the double launch on a double click, i.e. one launch per
> single click. Open up nautilus or a folder window as they're the same and
> click on edit --> preferences --> behaviour
> Look to see if you're set to single or double click to activate items. If
> you're set to single click, then that would account for what you're seeing
> James
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