Nautilus and Caja extension to open the real path of symbolic links to directories.
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nautilus-follow-symlink / caja-follow-symlink

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nautilus-follow-symlink is a nautilus (GNOME Desktop) extension.

caja-follow-symlink is a caja (MATE Desktop) 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.




I provide both deb packages to download and install manually, e.g.:

dpkg -i nautilus-follow-symlink_1.2.1-pon.1_amd64.deb

Building packages from source

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 
# or
debuild -us -uc -b

RPM package

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

Building from source

Download the tarball and follow the traditional configure + make workflow, e.g.:

tar xvf nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1.tar.gz
cd nautilus-follow-symlink-1.2.1
sudo make install

Building from the git repository

Building from the raw source in the repository requires the autotools.

git clone
cd nautilus-follow-symlink/nautilus
sudo make install