Bug 7655 - "Click to Install.desktop" doesn't work in nautilus
Summary: "Click to Install.desktop" doesn't work in nautilus
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: ThinLinc
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Server Installer (show other bugs)
Version: trunk
Hardware: PC Unknown
: P2 Normal
Target Milestone: LowPrio
Assignee: Bugzilla mail exporter
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-03-04 16:58 CET by Samuel Mannehed
Modified: 2022-06-13 15:28 CEST (History)
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Description Samuel Mannehed cendio 2021-03-04 16:58:20 CET
This is a continuation of bug 7343.

One of the most common file explorers on Linux is GNOME's Nautilus. When downloading the ThinLinc server bundle, a file called "Click to Install.desktop" is included.

Double-clicking on that file results in it being opened in gedit as a text file. 

The cause of the issue seems to be that Nautilus doesn't allow .desktop files to run as applications now-a-days. The upstream question of allowing this again was discussed briefly here:


The issue has not received much attention and has now been closed. I think we must assume that this probably won't change.

Tested on Fedora 33 with GNOME 3.38.
Comment 1 Samuel Mannehed cendio 2021-03-04 16:59:24 CET
Perhaps we could provide a "Click to Install" of some other file type?

Otherwise we should consider the confusion that it might cause that it doesn't work.

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