file:// not registered with nautilus

Asked by feld on 2008-09-21

Binary package hint: desktop-file-utils

I can click on Computer and drive shortcuts in Nautilus but any directory shortcut doesn't work. I get this error when clicking the Desktop shortcut:

Could not open location 'file:///home/user/Desktop'
No application is registered as handling this file.

Now after googling I try this:

sudo update-desktop-database
sudo update-mime-database
killall nautilus

This does not help.

sudo update-desktop-database -v shows the following:
File '/usr/share/applications/metacity.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/assistant-qt4.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/seahorse-pgp-preferences.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gparted.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-about.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnect.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/wine-winecfg.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/evolution-mail.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/time.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/f-spot.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gtali.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-sudoku.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-settings-mouse.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnomecc.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/mumble.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/pidgin.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/compiz.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gconf-editor.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-volume-control.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/bug-buddy.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-screensaver-preferences.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/evolution.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnibbles.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/jockey-gtk.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/python2.4.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/ntfs-config.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/mahjongg.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/evolution-2.2.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gstreamer-properties.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/wine-notepad.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gcalctool.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-volume-properties.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/displayconfig-gtk.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/ekiga.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gdmphotosetup.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnotravex.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/users.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/hardinfo.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-power-preferences.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-screenshot.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gdmflexiserver-xnest.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnomine.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/tovidgui.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gdmsetup.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/ooo-template.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/scim-setup.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/tsclient.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gdmflexiserver.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-system-log.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/network-scheme.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gucharmap.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/totem-gstreamer.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/nautilus-computer.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/polkit-gnome-authorization.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/redhat-my-default-printer.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/hwdb.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/mythtv-setup.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/redhat-system-config-printer.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/alacarte.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/iagno.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-network-preferences.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnometris.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/gnome-dictionary.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/synaptic-kde.desktop' lacks MimeType key
File '/usr/share/applications/seahorse.desktop' lacks MimeType key

A debian bug at one point said this was an issue with desktop-file-utils. I have tried with a clean user account and I have the same issue. This machine was upgraded from Hardy.

Question information

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Solved by:
feld
Solved:
2008-09-23
Last query:
2008-09-23
Last reply:
2008-09-22
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) said : #1

thank you for your bug report, that seems to be an issue is your installation and not a bug though, changing the bug report to an user question rather

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #2

Well, not sure, could be related to this one?
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/desktop-file-utils/+bug/59392
Maybe reinstalling ubuntu-desktop helps?

Only a supplemental info can you open:

file:///home/

Thank you

feld (felderado) said : #4

Latest updates seemed to have made it go away.

Thanks everyone.

Andres Mujica (andres.mujica) said : #5

i'm having this trouble after upgrading HARDY to intrepid alpha several days ago. I'm converting this into a bug again.