• Current version: 1.2.1, released on April 19th 2024
  • Compatibility: Nautilus, Caja
  • Released under the GNU LGPL
  • Translations available: English, Spanish, Catalan
  • New releases announced on my site

    Example pop-up menuExample montage of usage

nautilus-follow-symlink is a nautilus extension.

caja-follow-symlink is a caja extension.

They add a menu entry on symbolic links to directories which open the pointed directory (the real path).

They do so both when right clicking on the folder icon or on the contents of an opened symbolic link.

Additionally the sources include means to produce easily deb, and rpm packages for other OS/architecture combinations.

Generic build instructions

Compile in the standard GNU fashion:

$ tar zxvf nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1.tar.gz
$ cd nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr # Note the prefix should be the same as nautilus for the translations to work
                            # (or e.g. $ ./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable prefix libnautilus-extension`)
$ make
$ sudo make install

Build DEB package

$ tar zxvf nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1.tar.gz
$ cd nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1
$ dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc -b 
$ debuild -us -uc -b

Build RPM package

$ rpmbuild -tb nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1.tar.gz

Versions of GNOME 2.20 and below should use 1.0.2, which is the last release supporting them.
Look in files/ for the appropriate files. Building older versions is a bit harder, refer to the BUILD file included in the tarball.

None so far for the current version.
See also the bug tracker

If you have a contribution (new ideas, fixes, translations…) to make, please contact me.

This is a selection of changes since the last full version.
Additionally the selected changes for all versions and the full changelog are available.

  • Updated to build with newer gcc
  • Support for GNOME 3
  • Support to compile against Caja instead of Nautilus
  • Bugfix: Correctly escape paths
  • Preliminary support for GNOME 3

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  • nautilus-follow-symlink.txt
  • Last modified: 2024/04/19 20:26
  • by Toni Corvera