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Old 04-22-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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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?
 
Old 04-23-2010, 01:21 AM   #2
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aptitude update && aptitude install konqueror
But I see no interest in staying under XFCE while using Konqueror...
 
Old 04-23-2010, 02:46 AM   #3
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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?
 
Old 04-23-2010, 06:05 AM   #4
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@ 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.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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@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!

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.
 
Old 04-24-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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My god, I don't think there's a way to do this. Being able to change default applications is basic functionality.
 
Old 04-25-2010, 07:12 AM   #7
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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.

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No ftp = fail.
That's probably a job for a download manager/web browser.
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No location bar = fail.
It does have a location bar.
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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.
 
Old 04-25-2010, 07:21 AM   #8
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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).
 
Old 04-25-2010, 07:57 AM   #9
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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.

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Old 04-26-2010, 08:32 AM   #10
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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.
 
Old 04-26-2010, 08:37 AM   #11
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There is no Open With option for folders in Thunar.
 
Old 04-26-2010, 08:39 AM   #12
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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 !
 
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There is no Open With option for folders in Thunar.
May be i am wrong, coz i used xfce 5 months back, Appologies
 
Old 04-26-2010, 10:28 AM   #14
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May be i am wrong, coz i used xfce 5 months back, Appologies
Confirmed no such option (Thunar 1.0.1).
 
Old 04-26-2010, 07:20 PM   #15
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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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