I'm trying to figure out a way to set a flag on Nautilus for all/new users. It's just set always_use_browser to True. I didn't find any way to set it globally, just locally. I spent hours doing a workaround which uses gconftool-2, but to solve this issue, I think it could be more simple than applying and avoid resources usage to run my (dirty) solution.

Does Gnome have file/command to set this nautilus flag (always_use_browser=True) globally?

  • Finally, I found a solution. gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/ --type boolean --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true
    – manoelhc
    Jan 6, 2012 at 18:00

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  • Check whether you have 'always_use_browser' property supported in the files. /usr/share/nautilus/glade/nautilus-file-management-properties.glade.

  • Schema should be supporting it: /etc/gconf/schemas/apps_nautilus_preferences.schemas

Make sure you take a backup before editing any of these xml files.

  • Use gconftool-2

Open GConf Editor (GUI mode):

               (Menu > System > Configuration > Gnome > Advanced)

               Expand: Apps > Nautilus > Preferences

               Put A Check Next To "always_use_browser"

Or Alternatively from the command line mode (CLI):

[centos@centos glade]$ gconftool-2  -T --get /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser

Set the value to true

[centos@centos glade]$ sudo gconftool-2 --type bool  --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true
[centos@centos glade]$ sudo gconftool-2   --get /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser 
[centos@centos glade]$ 
  • Thank you very much Nikhil. I found a way to use gconftool-2 globally. The problem of modifying a Nautilus project file is the warrant of functioning, mainly after a nautilus update.
    – manoelhc
    Jan 6, 2012 at 18:16
  • @manoelhc You are welcome :-) Jan 6, 2012 at 18:25
  • I would suggest to execute this command on behalf of everyone since the already existing users's personal gconf db settings would overwrite the global settings. Jan 6, 2012 at 18:48
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    You can look for other useful settings at library.gnome.org/admin/system-admin-guide/stable/… Jan 6, 2012 at 18:50

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