I want to type something in console that will open some location (on example home dir) in already opened nautilus window. Is it possible?

  • what's so bad about spawning a new nautilus window with the nautilus command?
    – jweede
    Commented May 18, 2010 at 16:30
  • Very often I have 20+ windows and many tabs within. It is simpler for me to browse through tabs, then looking for right window. And at least for me it would be much simpler (based on my experience with browsers, shells etc.)
    – klew
    Commented May 18, 2010 at 18:13
  • Does anybody have a solution for this?
    – klew
    Commented May 24, 2010 at 10:01
  • progress some years later, details here -> askubuntu.com/questions/55656/…
    – wim
    Commented Apr 28, 2012 at 5:41
  • it is a bit tricky but now is possible with this Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 16:44

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No, I'm afraid you're asking for the impossbile.

You'd need dbus or something for that. Or an in-built management in Nautilus. Sadly as far as I know there is nothing like that available. (It won't separate it like n1t3 (Nautilus1 window, tab 3)).

  • I know that Nautilus doesn't have such option build in. That's why I'm asking a question on "super user" :). When I click "open location in new tab" nautilus sends something somewhere. If I can send that something with a script (that is what I meant by "type something in a console) or simple program, I would then manage to add functionality that I find missing. So any direction in this topic can be useful for me.
    – klew
    Commented May 18, 2010 at 18:17
  • That's what I meant on managing. Well. I'll check the source code tomorrow and will report.
    – Apache
    Commented May 18, 2010 at 21:10
  • Did you find something?
    – klew
    Commented May 24, 2010 at 10:01
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    there is now, you are right this uses qdbus! Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 16:45
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    Yeah @aquarius. Comment on OP's question so he gets a notification as well. Sad thing about SU that the majority of the answers on the site get just outdated.
    – Apache
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 15:12

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