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2handband 04-22-2010 07:55 PM

Default file manager in Xfce
 
I'm giving Xfce a spin on my Debian Squeeze box and have already run into a potential showstopper... Thunar sucks. How can I make Konqueror the default file manager?

Stéphane Ascoët 04-23-2010 02:21 AM

aptitude update && aptitude install konqueror
But I see no interest in staying under XFCE while using Konqueror...

catkin 04-23-2010 03:46 AM

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Originally Posted by 2handband (Post 3944570)
I'm giving Xfce a spin on my Debian Squeeze box and have already run into a potential showstopper... Thunar sucks. How can I make Konqueror the default file manager?

In what ways does Thunar disappoint? Is it possible that you have not yet learned how to use all its features?

2handband 04-23-2010 07:05 AM

@ Stephane: Konqueror is already installed; I want to make it the default.

@Catkin: What features? No split windows = fail. Not network aware = fail. No ftp = fail. No location bar = fail. The directory tree view setup is awkward at best. As for the appearance... well, the '90s just called, and they want their file manager back.

catkin 04-23-2010 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by 2handband (Post 3945038)
@Catkin: What features? No split windows = fail. Not network aware = fail. No ftp = fail. No location bar = fail. The directory tree view setup is awkward at best. As for the appearance... well, the '90s just called, and they want their file manager back.

I sense great disappointment! :eek:

Xfce and Thunar set out to be lightweight and hence quick; that dictates some design choices.

IDK Konqueror so do not know what you mean by "location bar"; Thunar has "Location Selector" which can be configured to "Pathbar" or "Toolbar" style.

2handband 04-24-2010 09:47 PM

My god, I don't think there's a way to do this. Being able to change default applications is basic functionality.

MTK358 04-25-2010 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by catkin (Post 3945202)
Xfce and Thunar set out to be lightweight and hence quick; that dictates some design choices.

That's why Thunar is my favorite file manager.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2handband (Post 3945038)
No ftp = fail.

That's probably a job for a download manager/web browser.
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2handband (Post 3945038)
No location bar = fail.

It does have a location bar.
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2handband (Post 3945038)
As for the appearance... well, the '90s just called, and they want their file manager back.

Do one thing and do it well = Simple = good.

sycamorex 04-25-2010 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by MTK358 (Post 3947014)
That's why Thunar is my favorite file manager.


That's probably a job for a download manager/web browser.

It does have a location bar.

Do one thing and do it well = Simple = good.

+1
Initially, I wasn't sure about Thunar, but I've learnt to appreciate its advantages (ie. speed and reliability).

2handband 04-25-2010 08:57 AM

FTP is totally file manager functionality... using ftp within the file manager (not to mention split windows; another basic file manager feature that Thunar does not have) I can manage my web content much more easily than I could using any other method. Integrated functionality saves time. I need a file manager. Thunar and Nautilus are browsers, not managers.

Even if you don't agree with a word I've just said, are you seriously going to tell me that there's nothing wrong with a desktop that doesn't give you the option to change the default? I don't really care what the default is (the KDE4 default sucks too) as long as it's easily changeable.

TheIndependentAquarius 04-26-2010 09:32 AM

2handband

Do you basically want that any folder you click should open with konqueror ?

If this is the case, then try:
1. Right click on a folder icon
2. select open with...
3. Choose Konqueror
4. Check Set as default option at the bottom of the dialog box.

MTK358 04-26-2010 09:37 AM

There is no Open With option for folders in Thunar.

TheIndependentAquarius 04-26-2010 09:39 AM

2handband

Have a look at these threads:
http://forum.xfce.org/index.php?topic=4023.0
http://forum.xfce.org/index.php?topic=4545.0

Some one has solved these problems here !

TheIndependentAquarius 04-26-2010 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by MTK358
There is no Open With option for folders in Thunar.

May be i am wrong, coz i used xfce 5 months back, Appologies

catkin 04-26-2010 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anishakaul (Post 3948086)
May be i am wrong, coz i used xfce 5 months back, Appologies

Confirmed no such option (Thunar 1.0.1).

2handband 04-26-2010 08:20 PM

Well, thanks for the replies. I'm just about ready to write my review... I'm afraid i won't have much to say that's good. Xfce claims to be lightweight and full-featured... but it is only lightweight. The feature pack is severely lacking.


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