Introduction to Nautilus

The Nautilus package contains the GNOME shell and file manager.

Package Information

Nautilus Dependencies


EEL-2.18.3, EsounD-0.2.37, libexif-0.6.16, and librsvg-2.16.1


startup-notification-0.9, Tracker (see the Tracker README file for the extensive dependencies), Beagle (needs Gnome-Sharp which requires Mono), and DocBook-utils-0.6.14

User Notes:

Installation of Nautilus

Install Nautilus by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d $(pkg-config \
    --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/doc/nautilus-2.18.3 &&
install -v -m644 docs/*.{txt,dia,pdf,sxw,faq,html} $(pkg-config \
    --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/doc/nautilus-2.18.3

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.18.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.


Installed Programs: nautilus, nautilus-connect-server and nautilus-file-management-properties
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/nautilus, share/{doc/nautilus-2.18.3, {,pixmaps}nautilus}

Short Descriptions


is the GNOME file manager.

supplies the functions needed by the file manager.

Last updated on 2007-08-05 17:14:40 -0500