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Drag files from desktop to a Files window

asked 2017-05-17 11:11:12 -0500

marnier gravatar image

I can no longer drag files from the desktop to any windows in Files. Whenever I try, the mouse pointer changes to the little hand pointer, and the trackpad does not respond when moved over the desktop. Also secondary clicking is not working over the desktop. I would like to know how to re-establish previous functionality.

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did you recently updated? can you post a pic to see what is going on ?

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-17 13:44:33 -0500 )edit

Thank you jlozadad. I update regularly, am now on kernel 4.10.15, Nautilus is 3.22.3. Same behaviour on kernel 4.10.14 however. I can not reproduce the pointer behaviour in a picture (it just shows the desktop wallpaper and the icons). Noted that if I launch Firefox after this strange behaviour happens, Firefox gets stucked as well with the little hand pointer. Files (Nautilus) however continues to respond. If I go to tweak tools and disable show icons on desktop, normal behaviour is re-established.

marnier gravatar imagemarnier ( 2017-05-17 23:46:22 -0500 )edit

try launching FF from the command line and see if you notice any errors.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-18 07:54:53 -0500 )edit

It returns a command not found response

marnier gravatar imagemarnier ( 2017-05-19 04:04:25 -0500 )edit

what command did you run? usually just running firefox does the trick.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-19 09:03:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-06-16 11:58:59 -0500

This seems to be a bug with Wayland sessions, I experience it as well dragging Desktop icons into a Nautilus window.

Seems to be reported already under

If you have more information to add, please comment on the Bugzilla page above.

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answered 2017-05-19 09:47:52 -0500

you should report the bug in bugzilla . Wayland still has issues, so if it does not work then try it on xorg.

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answered 2017-05-21 11:56:51 -0500

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updated 2017-05-21 11:58:45 -0500

tap  tap move  ???

(NOT tap-tap ...)

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