I believe to recall that in the past I was able to use the same mouse behaviour as when moving a file with drag&drop +modifier key to then generate a symbolic link at the place of where I otherwise would have moved the file to. I cannot find this anymore (but maybe my mind betrays me and this was in my earlier incarnation as an OSX user). And using Ctrl+Shift+M seems like an unnecessary, unintuitive step in between.

Note: under X windows it works as described in How to create a shortcut to a folder to Documents. but under Wayland it does not seem to work.

One question: is it already possible within Nautilus to achieve what I am looking for and if so how? Other question: if not, can I configure Nautilus to do this?

Or: should this be a feature request to the developers?


  • thanks @don_crissti. maybe I am blind - would you give me any pointed to how?
    – ingli
    Aug 26, 2017 at 18:20
  • get it. thanks. well, i tested and played - and found it works under x but not under wayland. so, i added this now to the question. thanks for your link!
    – ingli
    Aug 26, 2017 at 19:47
  • yeah, looks like only Alt + drag works on wayland... it'll take probably at least a couple of years for gnome on wayland to be actually usable Aug 26, 2017 at 19:53

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I think this is a bug. I created an entry in Nautilus's bug database:

can't create symbolic link using Ctrl+Shift+drag on Wayland

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