Remove nautilus without breaking gnome Ubuntu 16.04

by matteo   Last Updated August 15, 2017 21:02 PM

I read other questions about this topic, but I cannot find a final solution.

I always had some nautilus issues (it freezes very often and I cannot rely on it during my work), So I decided to install nemo and following this guide I set it up as the default file manager.

However sometimes when I shut off the computer gnome tells me that Nautilus is not responding so I just want to uninstall it..

But it seems that I cannot uninstall it without breaking gnome, indeed typing:

apt-get -s remove nautilus

I get:

NOTE: This is only a simulation!
      apt-get needs root privileges for real execution.
      Keep also in mind that locking is deactivated,
      so don't depend on the relevance to the real current situation!
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  gnome-sushi nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-share ubuntu-gnome-desktop

so I cannot remove it without removing ubuntu-gnome-desktop.. and I think the consequence is gnome breaking..

Some hints?

Answers 1

To deinstall nautilus first you need to install aptitude. To install aptitude type:

sudo apt-get install aptitude

Then to remove nautilus type:

sudo aptitude remove nautilus

Alternatively, there is another solution. You can use Ubuntu software centre to remove nautilus but for that You need to log in with root account.

Prateek Agrawal
Prateek Agrawal
August 15, 2017 20:07 PM

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