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[Nov 23, 2008] Ubuntu TIP Extending Nautilus, Scripting Your Way To UI Bliss Shantanu's Technophilic Musings

The mechanism is surprisingly similar to used in OFM "user menu"
  1. Write your script.
  2. Save it in ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts and make it executable (chmod +x <script name>).

Of course, if you don’t know scripting the first step itself is quite daunting, but you can get a lot of pre-cooked scripts on the internet by searching for “nautilus scripts”. e.g. take a look at g-scripts homepage.

To get you started immediately, here is a crude example to open a terminal/console window in any folder/path through right-click menu:

Step 1) Write your script (any scripting language: shell, perl, python, etc):
  1. #!/bin/bash
  2. gnome-terminal --working-directory="$1"

Step 2) Save it in ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts, name it as “Terminal” and make it executable.

  1. chmod +x Terminal

Step 3) Now, you should see a “Scripts” option in your right-click menu as shown below. Clicking on “Terminal” will open a new terminal window with the present working directory being set to the selected folder.

Note: If you don’t see the “scripts” menu option (or your script name in the extended menu), then just run

  1. sudo killall nautilus


[Aug 15, 2008] EmacsWiki Sunrise Commander

Hello, Emacs Community!

I’ve been working lately on a new OFM for GNU Emacs. (For those who may not know, OFM stands for “Orthodox File Manager” - it’s the kind of interface made popular by the Norton and Midnight Commanders.)

“Another one?” you may say.

Well, yes. As a long time user of the Midnight Commander on Linux (and, long before that, of Norton Commander and Norton Navigator on DOS), one of the first things I tried after moving to Emacs was running MC in term-mode. It was no joy, so after that I tried using nc.el and mc.el, but both scripts were far away from what I was looking for.

I realized early the power of Dired (learned quite fast several nifty tricks on it), and I think the decision made by the authors of mc.el of basing their file manager on Dired was a wise one. But it lacked support for so many of the usage patterns MC got me accustomed to through all these years… it was a real pity.

So, faithful to the tradition established by mc.el and ec.el, I decided to write the Sunrise Commander.

After several months of growing it up (good programs seem to grow by themselves) I’ve managed to put together most of the functionality I wanted that was not there before:

It is quite portable. I’ve tested it on Linux and Windows 2000 using GNU Emacs versions 22 and 23 (I have also received feedback from a user reporting it works fine on GNU Emacs 22.2 on Mac OS X Leopard), though there’s some homework left one has to do in order to have everything working fine: on Linux you have to install AVFS if you want to navigate inside compressed files (who doesn’t?) and on Windows there is some work configuring ls-lisp and you must also install some diff port if you want to be able to use ediff. Unfortunately I haven’t heard of anything like AVFS for MS Windows, so you’ll have to use archive-mode, tar mode, etc. for your compressed files.

You can get a copy of the Sunrise Commander at:

[Aug 14, 2008] Pygoscelis Twinpanel filemanager

Pygoscelis is written purely in Python language using PyGTK and Gnome Python bindings. Features:

[Jun 12, 2008] Beesoft Commander 4.0.07.beta by Piotr Pszczolkowski

About: Beesoft Commander is a file manager (like Norton Commander) for Linux. It is based on Qt-GUI.

Changes: This release has a configuration dialog where users can define all colors and backgrounds for file views. The ability to compare two files has been implemented. When they are not the same, the program starts a graphical comparator. By default it starts beediff, but the user can define their own comparator program.

[Jun 11, 2008] X File Explorer 1.19 (Stable) by Roland Baudin

About: X File Explorer (Xfe) is a filemanager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander. Xfe is desktop independent and is written with the C++ Fox Toolkit. It looks similar to Windows Commander or MS-Explorer, and is very fast and simple.

It features file associations, the ability to mount/umount devices, a directory tree for quickly changing directories, the ability to change file attributes, automatic registry saving, the ability to view/create/extract compressed archives, and much more.

Changes: This release fixes a severe bug that occurred when building Xfe on Fedora Linux. The Swedish translation was also updated.

[Feb 29, 2008] Project details for Key Scripter

Key Scripter listens to key press/release events from a keyboard device and sends fake key events to an X display. It supports gaming keypads such as the Nostromo SpeedPad and allows the creation and usage of complicated key scripts for games and other applications.

Release focus: Major feature enhancements

This release also supports Windows. A Win32 binary has been added to the download packages. To compile the source files on Windows, the latest release of MinGW is required. Additionally, this release fixes a few memory allocation bugs, adds support for wildcard binds, and provides improvements to debug messages. The example configuration file has been extended with extra features.

Andrei Romanov [contact developer]

[Feb 10, 2008] FreeCommander - freeware file manager

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere - just copy the installation directory on a CD, USB-Stick or even a floppy disk - and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.

Main features in FreeCommander:

[Feb 09, 2008]  wxCommander

 Project details for Ultimate Commander by László Monda

Written in C#

Ultimate Commander strives to be an incredibly powerful orthodox file manager developed with a special focus on usability, extensibility, portability, and power users.

[Feb 08, 2008] sharpfile - Google Code

Written in C#
As of right now, this is an alpha-quality file manager.

Current features include: drag and drop, right-click context menu, rename, automatically refreshing file view, ability to calculate directory size, tab file view, dual or mdi parent choice, filter file view on-the-fly, file icons (including svn icons), multi-threaded drive and file retrieval.

Features in the works: plug-in architecture for different file retrieval (for example, ftp/ssh) or different ways to show the file information (for example, audio files might show different information), thumbnail preview pane, show information about copy/move operations with ability to cancel, specification of columns for file information, Vista-compatibility.

Club Dr-DOS Wiki Main - File Managers

Doszip Commander (GPL, open source)

Project page:

By Hjort Nidudsson . A new Norton Commander clone … test it :-) It is very small and fast. Written mostly in 1996…1997 . Development has recently (2007) stopped, but as last fix the author updated it to support LFN ! Has built-in support for unZIPping - no PKUNZIP or similar needed, but supports only PKZIP 2.xx format incl. decryption. No ZIP creation, no support for other archive types.

It is the only one written in Borland C (use version 3.1, DOS 16-bit real mode).

[Jan 20, 2008] muCommander a cross-platform file manager


muCommander 0.8.1 is out with a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes.
Get it now>>

New features:
- New bookmark:// filesystem, mapped onto the alt+B shortcut by default.

- Non-automatic sizing of columns is now working properly and preserved in the configuration.
- Columns order, sort and visibility are now preserved in the configuration.
- Editors and viewers are now centered on the current window rather than set to the upper-left corner of the screen.
- Shell encoding is now auto-detected by default, unless a specific encoding is set in the preferences.
- Simplified and extended the theme editor, with new 'selection outline' and 'alternate background' values. A new 'Striped' theme has been added to show these effects off.
- Added keyboard shortcuts for the items in the drive popup button.
- Windows: drives in the drive popup button now show extended names.
- Bzip2 read-access speed substantially improved.
- Improved icon representation of symbolic links.
- 'Delete' dialog now shows the list of file to be deleted (contributed by Alejandro Scandroli).
- New 'Find' functionality added to the text viewer and editor (contributed by Mariusz Jakubowski).
- command keyword substitution now applies to marked files as well as the current selection.
- Quit confirmation dialog now shows the number of open windows and asks for confirmation when the last window is closed.


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