Wednesday, August 7, 2019

I fixed some failures of the book test suite. Which revealed a bug: use_linod did not yet automatically cause install to install the schedule package.

SSH key already expired

Strange: Enigmail says “Your key “Luc Saffre <>” (key ID AA08 9AA7 687C 65B4 ECB5 A1C5 4B7A AFD7 85BA 6D05) will expire in less than 30 days. We recommend that you create a new key pair and configure the corresponding accounts to use it.”

Ubuntu Files manager fails to open files

When I double click or type ENTER on a file in Files (the default file manager in Ubuntu, aka Nautilus), it seems to run some process (the mouse cursor becomes a hourglass for some time), but actually nothing opens. When I do the same in Thunar (another file manager), it works fine.

The problem occurs with all file extensions (pdf, png, odt, doc, …)

It does open files when I right-click and select “Open with other application”, and then press ENTER to select the default application.


ENTER in above dialog will launch LibreOffice writer correctly. But does it fail when I just hit ENTER on the file?

I went to Files ‣ Preferences ‣ Behaviour and changed “Open Action” from “Double click to open items” to “Single click to open items”. Now a single click toggles the open action, but the problem remains the same.

After reading this article, I switched from Nautilus to Nemo:

$ xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
$ gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

Note that I had Nemo already installed earlier.

It’s strange that both Nemo and Nautilus are named “Files”…