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I'm running an Arch Linux machine with the cinnamon-git desktop from the Arch User Repository.

The default filemanager is Nautilus, is there any way to change the default filemanager to thunar?

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To change the default filemanager you can edit the file ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

Don't know how to specify thunar but to use nemo over nautilus I do this:

thomas@localhost ~> cat .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list 
[Added Associations]
inode/directory=nemo.desktop;

Also if you are curious why the wrong filemanager is started if you click on a folder icon check the actual command the starter launches.

After resolving the issues (see comments) you also have to look in the file

/usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache

there you can change the filemanager also:

inode/directory=nautilus.desktop
inode/directory=nemo.desktop
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I did this in Fedora 18 and it works. –  Thomas Dec 10 '12 at 8:35
    
This does not work on Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle". Any idea what causes this? –  aef Dec 17 '12 at 4:12
    
@aef Do you have nemo installed, does the file exist? –  Thomas Dec 17 '12 at 8:51
    
Definitely yes. –  aef Dec 17 '12 at 16:46
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Got some last ideas: update-alternatives, /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache –  Thomas Dec 17 '12 at 17:13
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From the Arch Linux Wiki:

You can trick GNOME into using another file browser by editing the Exec line in /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop. See the correct parameters in the .desktop file of the file manager of your choice, e.g.:

/usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop

[...]
Exec=thunar %F
OR
Exec=pcmanfm %U
[...]

Arch Linux Wiki 1

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Good first post! –  slm Dec 22 '12 at 5:42
    
Thanks, this also worked for me in Fedora 18. But i would like to know what is the meaning of %U or %F (in the case of thunar) –  JGutierrezC Sep 22 '13 at 21:39
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