Introduction to Nautilus

The Nautilus package contains the GNOME file manager.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

Nautilus Dependencies


bubblewrap-0.8.0, gexiv2-0.14.2, gnome-autoar-0.4.4, gnome-desktop-44.0, libadwaita-1.4.3, libnotify-0.8.3, libportal-0.7.1, libseccomp-2.5.5, and Tracker-3.6.0




Recommended (Runtime)

Installation of Nautilus

Fix the location to install the API documentation:

sed "/docdir =/s@\$@ / 'nautilus-45.2.1'@" -i

Install Nautilus by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup --prefix=/usr       \
            --buildtype=release \
            -Dselinux=false     \
            -Dpackagekit=false  \
            ..                  &&


To test the results, issue: ninja test. The tests need to be run in a graphical environment. One test is known to fail if tracker-miners-3.6.2 is not installed. One test is also known to timeout if the user running the tests has a large home directory.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


If you installed the package to your system using a DESTDIR method, /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/gschemas.compiled was not updated/created. Create (or update) the file using the following command as the root user:

glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

-Dselinux=false: This switch disables the use of selinux which isn't supported by BLFS.

-Dpackagekit=false: This switch disables the use of PackageKit which isn't suitable for BLFS.

-Dcloudproviders=false: Use this switch if you do not have libcloudproviders-0.3.5 installed.


Installed Programs: nautilus and nautilus-autorun-software
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,lib,share}/nautilus and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libnautilus-extension (optional)

Short Descriptions


is the GNOME file manager

supplies the functions needed by the file manager extensions