Annoying behavious of Nautilus when drag+drop as link

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at
Fri Jul 18 15:25:06 UTC 2008

2008/7/18 Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at>:

> On Fri, 18 Jul 2008 06:05:28 +0200
> "Johnny Rosenberg" <gurus.knugum at> wrote:
> > When, in Nautilus, I drag a file from one map to another and press
> > Ctrl+Shift when releasing the mouse button, a link will be created in the
> > destination folder, but the really annoying thing is that the destination
> > link will be called something like "Link to"
> I had never noticed this, since I usually make links with "ln -s" - it
> really *is* annoying, isn't it? Not to mention stupid, since among other
> things it introduces spaces into the link name... which means more
> work/attention if writing scripts etc.
> I know that you specified nautilus, but you might consider using a
> different file manager for this task. I use the Rox filer:
> sudo apt-get install rox-filer
> On drag-and-drop, rox offers to make a link, copy or move (you get a
> little menu to choose from), and it doesn't do this sort of silly stuff
> - it just gives you a symlink as $DEITY intended :)
> Rox is quite small, fast, and configurable, and its help file is
> actually helpful ( *gasp* ). As far as I can see it does not create a
> menu entry, but you can of course create your own with the menu editor,
> or make a custom launcher for it.
> You can change the default blue Rox "folder" icons under right-click ->
> Options -> Types ( choose "human" or whatever suits you ) There are
> lots of other options, but that's more than you asked for anyway :)
> Worth exploring - I have used rox for years now when needing a
> graphical file manager, and hardly ever use Nautilus any more...
> If you want to create a lot of links graphically, this might be a
> solution for you.
> --
> Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at>
> Thanks! I might just try it!

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