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GNOME Files 3.8 beta brings back TreeView in List View

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Tree in List View

In Display Options Panel of Files there is now a <Navigate Folders in a Tree> Preference.


Cosimo also managed to remove all the dependencies to <nautilus-desktop-background.c> (which was including a set of functions to manipulate desktop aspects) and he deleted the file with the funny message: It’s gone! \o/


Major changes include


  • Add back a Treeview option for list view. This is off by default, and is backed by a checkbox in the Preferences dialog
  • Add a “Connect to Server” item in the Network section of the sidebar
  • Add a “Format…” item in volume context menus in the sidebar
  • Fix accelerators not showing up in gear and view menus
  • Use G_APP_INFO_CREATE_NEEDS_TERMINAL instead of handrolled code (William Jon McCann)


  • Switch to hovered locations on DnD (William Jon McCann)
  • Support a –force-desktop commandline option for classic mode
  • Add a separate desktop file for classic mode integration
  • Use a better position for navigation button popup menus
  • Fix many memory leaks (Pavel Vasin)
  • Fix a crasher when a file in trash has reserved characters in the filename
  • Fix a crasher when closing the sidebar immediately after construction
  • Fix a crasher closing the properties dialog while calculating folder size
  • Fix backup files showing up in search provider results
  • Fix floating bar buttons being added twice


  • Update search provider to org.gnome.Shell.SearchProvider2 interface
  • Rely on GIO to parse “.hidden” files
  • Consistently use unicode ellipsis instead of three periods (Jeremy Bicha)
  • Use a different label for removing a file from “Recent” (Paolo Borelli)
  • Restore the previous behavior wrt. framing for custom icons
  • Share the “show hidden” GSetting option with the GTK+ file chooser (Timothy Arceri)
  • Fix missing unmount sync notification under some circumstances
  • Fix infinite loop while deep counting the size of “/” (Phillip Susi)
  • Fix wrong filename when restoring file from trash (Timothy Arceri)


  • Request to render larger thumbnails by default
  • Don’t quote the current location name in search bar
  • Use “Run” in menus when launchine executables
  • Fix stray Empty Document item in New Document menu


  • Turn on again recursive search for the simple engine
  • Enable incremental loading for search directories
  • Add extra information to image properties page
  • Show free space pie chart for the local root filesystem
  • Resolve symbolic links before launching a file
  • Avoid sync I/O when reading bookmark locations
  • Don’t add non-existent XDG folders to the sidebar
  • Don’t offer to remove built-in XDG folder bookmarks
  • Fix black input field when renaming a file in icon view with XIM enabled
  • Fix wrong return location when unmounting a remote mount
  • Fix notebook tabs not properly switching after timeout when hovered
  • Fix search toggle button state inconsistent when switching between tabs
  • Fix crasher when using the Tracker engine from the Shell search provider
  • Fix crasher in Shell search provider
  • Fix crasher when unmounting a volume under certain circumstances

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  • JJ

    Games likely will not be added as an app-folder (in the new shell search).
    But we can add it using the following command: gsettings set app-folder-categories “[‘Utilities’, ‘Sundry’, ‘Games’ ]”
    You can add any other (default) categories to the list if you don’t want those categories to clutter the app search.

  • Jean-Baptiste Le Coz

    Did they solve the issue with the status pop up ? It is very annoying.

    • alex285

      Nop, this bug is still there

    • alex285

      Oh sorry I missed the second one. Well both bugs still exists.

    • Jean-Baptiste Le Coz

      Sad, but maybe for nautilus 3.10