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I've found that Nautilus causes problems in my Scientific Linux 6 desktop (specifically it gets into an infinite loop opening the file manager at startup). While those problems are interesting in their own right, it got me wondering if I really need it for anything. When I do this:

sudo yum remove nautilus

the problem goes away, and since I never interact with the GUI file manager this doesn't seem like a problem. Will this bite me later on? Are there some hidden uses for Nautilus other than browsing files with a GUI?

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it seems that evince uses nautilus somehow, so I've reinstalled it... fun while it lasted... – Shep Feb 25 '14 at 20:34

There isn't anything specific to Nautilus that you will need.

The one thing worth mentioning is that Nautilus can be used to visit GVFS locations, such as computer://. However, you can probably replace Nautilus with the gvfs-* family of tools should you need it.

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If you don't need to use a GUI then no you can safely remove Nautilus. – slm Feb 4 '14 at 17:04

There shouldn't be a problem removing nautilus - I had the same problem and removed it. I simply used dolphin for the time being. The problem with nautilus was introduced with an update yesterday and has since been fixed. You should be able to run a yum update for a resolution.

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