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Using Nautilus Actions to Extend File Manager Functionality on Linux

Dec 27, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"What would a desktop be without a file manager? Even at the command line level we have file managers and they still make our lives much easier than they would be without them. To many users the file manager is just way to preview, delete, and move files. The power user, on the other hand, looks at the tool from a very different vantage point. For this type of user the file manager must be versatile, powerful, and it must do their bidding in the way they want it done.

"The GNOME default file manager, Nautilus, is the perfect candidate for this. How? There is an add on for Nautilus called nautilus-actions. With this tool users are able to add context-sensitive actions to menus that allow programs to be launched based on the file type selected. Say, for example, you want to be able to install downloaded fonts directly (and quickly) from within Nautilus. This is possible. Or say you want to quickly add songs to your Rhythmbox playlist and automatically begin playing them (all from within Nautilus). This too is possible. In fact, Nautilus Actions is only limited to your imagination."

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