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Scripting the Linux desktop, Part 2: Scripting Nautilus

Feb 25, 2011, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"This series of articles explores how to use Python to create scripts for the GNOME desktop, the screenlets framework, and Nautilus to deliver a highly productive environment. Scripts on the desktop enable drag-and-drop functionality and quick access to the information and services you commonly use. In this installment, learn how to use Python to add functionality to extend Nautilus on your desktop.

"For users of the GNOME desktop, the Nautilus program is probably one of the more frequently used applications. It handles all the file copying, moving, renaming, and searching chores with a simple graphical interface. At first blush, it would appear there aren't many file-related things Nautilus can't do—unless you start thinking about tasks you would typically perform with a shell script.

"The Nautilus developers provided several ways to add new functionality without breaking open the main code base. The simplest method is to use a bash or shell script that executes a series of commands you would usually perform from a terminal prompt. This method makes it possible to try the commands to make sure they do what you want them to do first. You can use other languages as well, including the C Scripting Language, GnomeBasic, Perl, and Python. This article look at adding new capabilities to Nautilus using the Python language. A basic understanding of the Python language and the Python Standard Library is assumed."

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