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Thunar File Browser: Tips, Tricks and Scripts

Mar 22, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"On a first launch Thunar looks spartan and it is functionally sparse too. It's a Greyhound, not a Tortoise. You won’t need an eye test to see that there is no space-cluttering toolbar with colourful icons which can be added or removed, except by changing navigation mode. When you right click a file or a folder for a context menu, the options are basic. The file canvas (background) is not configurable, there is no tab facility, no split screen option or many of the other features you find in other file managers. Nor should there be. The moment you start adding in these features morbid obesity sets in and defeats the whole purpose of designing low-fat software.

"Thunar does the basics and does them well--and fast--but it not bereft of useful features. Let me put on my tour guide blazer here. We can at least be grateful that Thunar has avoided Nautilus' dreadful spatial browsing model (yes, I know, it can be turned off.) If you want to set Thunar as your default file manager in Gnome, the splendidly-named Psychocats website has a series of scripts to change it, as well as scripts to change it to Krusader or Konqueror too. Any flavour you want as long as it's not Nautilus. Dont' worry, if it all ends in tears the site also has a script to revert Gnome to Nautilus as the default file manager."

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