I am trying to replace Nautilus with Nemo on my Archlinux system.

I followed this guide: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Nemo

I was able to install Nemo via pacman but when I try to start Nemo I get the error:

[jet@jetArch /etc]$ nemo

(nemo:7863): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'org.nemo.preferences'  is not installed

[1]    7863 trace trap (core dumped)  nemo

I can successfully see the version of nemo though:

[jet@jetArch /etc]$ nemo --version
nemo 3.0.5

So nemo is installed. But:

[jet@jetArch /etc]$ gsettings list-schemas | grep nemo

returns no results, so I guess no schema for nemo.

In the /usr/share/applications there are the .desktop files

[jet@jetArch applications]$ pwd
[jet@jetArch applications]$ ls *nemo*
nemo-autorun-software.desktop  nemo-autostart.desktop  nemo.desktop

But no org.nemo.desktop

[jet@jetArch applications]$ gsettings set org.nemo.desktop   show-desktop-icons true
No such schema 'org.nemo.desktop'


[jet@jetArch applications]$ gsettings set nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true 
No such schema 'nemo.desktop'

But if I open dconf-editor there is an entry for org.nemo.desktop as well as org.nemo.compact-view, org.nemo.icon-view, etc.

So why can dconf-editor find the nemo schema but nothing else can, including nemo.

Thanks for any help.

P.S. Running nemo as root did not help:

[jet@jetArch applications]$ sudo nemo
[sudo] password for jet: 

(nemo:9909): Gtk-WARNING **: Failed to register client: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.gnome.SessionManager was not provided by any .service files

(nemo:9909): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'org.nemo.preferences' is not installed

[1]    9908 trace trap  sudo nemo

[jet@jetArch applications]$ sudo nemo -c
running nemo_self_check_file_utilities
running nemo_self_check_file_operations
running nemo_self_check_directory

(nemo:9922): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'org.nemo.preferences' is not installed

[1]    9921 trace trap  sudo nemo -c
  • Try upgrading your system with pacman -Syu.
    – v7d8dpo4
    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:09
  • @v7d8dpo4 That was the first thing I tried, as well as uninstalling and reinstalling nemo.
    – jetak
    Jun 13, 2016 at 19:37
  • @garethTheRed Thanks for the help, your answer worked.
    – jetak
    Jun 13, 2016 at 19:48
  • I've edited your question's title to be more generic and searchable. Jun 13, 2016 at 21:02

1 Answer 1


Confirm your system has the following file:


If so, run (as root):

# glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.nemo.gschema.xml
  • 1
    I had to specify the folder rather than the file itself: sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/ Jul 6, 2021 at 12:45

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