Nautilus (nautilus-desktop) manages/shows my icons on the desktop, but whenever I click on a folder found on the desktop, it is Dolphin that is being opened. This is on Ubuntu 18.04, Gnome 3.28.2.

I cannot figure out how to configure Nautilus to open another Nautilus instance when clicking on a folder found on the desktop. Can someone tell me how?

I search through ~/.local and ~/.config for "dolphin" (ignoring case) but no matches. Found nothing in the preferences regarding this issue. strace nautilus-desktop did not help either.

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    Is it only on the desktop? Try xdg-open folder and see what program pops up. folder being a random folder you have access to. It might be the case that Dolphin is set up as your default file manger.
    – rudib
    Dec 17, 2018 at 13:50
  • xdg-open folder starts Nautilus. The mystery persists. Thank you @rudib for helping. Dec 18, 2018 at 2:43
  • I don't have a nautilus Desktop at my disposal right now, but what happens if you rightclick->open with? Maybe you have plasma-systemsettings installed as well? If that's the case, check your defaullt applications there too. Also, make sure, that there actually are folders, and not .desktop entries with a folder icon (by running ls ~/Desktop and ls -l ~/Desktop | grep '^d').
    – rudib
    Dec 18, 2018 at 12:23


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