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OSNews: The GNOME Wish List

Dec 11, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

"There was a big discussion about this a few months ago in a gnome mailing list but here is a recap: Nautilus supports script addons that apply certain actions on the selected files or on the currently open folder. It also has a MIME backend and so certain actions only happen to the correct files. However, the problem here is that the Gnome Project makes no real usage of this ability. Instead of shipping with 2-3 important addons (e.g. 'Open Terminal Here' or 'Bulk Rename' or 'Compress It') it has now completely taken out that context submenu if no scripts are installed on the user's scripts folder. So the problem is now even worse than before, as less and less people even get to know that Nautilus has such support for addons. Addons are a lifesaver and a great feature overall, because they extend the file manager's abilities 'for free.'

"The second problem is that third party Gnome developers haven't realized the importance of creating addons and so all we have are a bunch of bash and perl scripts instead of invoking a well formed API for this sort of job and writing something with a GUI front end (e.g. for the Bulk Rename). Applications like File-Roller add their own menu entries on the Nautilus context menu instead of doing it the right way and placing their entries on an addons submenu, keeping the root submenu clean and without changing too much (depending if something is selected or not). BeOS Tracker supports addons with a clean API and PathFinder too, and we have word that Apple will do so as well for Finder..."

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