Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/193071/how-to-open-the-ubuntu-nautilus-file-browser-from-the-terminal/
Recently, we showed you how to open a directory in Terminal from within Nautilus. However, what if you’re working on the command line in Terminal and need to access the same directory in Nautilus? There’s an easy solution for that.
If there are certain directories you access a lot, you can create aliases, or shortcuts, to access those directories in Nautilus from Terminal. For example, you can create the following alias so you can simply type “nh” to access your Home directory in Nautilus.
alias nh=’nautilus .’
Then, on the command line in Terminal, you can type “nh” from any directory to jump to your Home directory in Nautilus.
This opens whatever directory you are currently in, which I actually find more useful than the should-have-been
alias nh=’nautilus ~’.
In Xubuntu, you use thunar in place of nautilius. Just saying.
I use Xubuntu on my netbook mainly because Thunar is so much faster than Nautilus. Really, Nautilus could take 1.5 seconds for showing the contents of a directory, which Thunar displays almost instantly. This may not be appreciable on more powerful machines, though.
I'm not sure about the whole 1.5 second thing, but I use Xubuntu case Xfce in general is customizable in all the aspects I want, and still fast as hell.
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