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I sometimes find an application that includes a 'File manager element', but only allows one to search in the current root menu.
An example is XFburn, there are many others.
Editing fstab to include all possible destinations has made little difference, i am still having to 'import' a file to the current location in order to utilise the app, is there a way around this feature?
I use the FXBurn as an example only,it being my current concern.
This restriction has appeared in other apps in the past though so i would dearly like to learn of a general method to deal with it;is this possible or am i wasting my time looking?
TBH, I don't understand what you are asking. Can you be a bit more detailed?
I think(?) that what you are asking is how to call a prog from anywhere, regardless of where you are on the disk ie your current dir.
If you are working at the cmd line, you can use an absolute path eg
If you want to just call it by name, even from the GUI, you need to add the dir to your $PATH env variable. You'll need to edit your .bashrc or .bash_profile file in your home dir like this
Sorry for the confusion.
I nearly always work from gui, and rarely use the command line.
It's really a browsing problem, i tend to hold stuff on a number of partitions,eg a separate "Backup" partition.
This does not show up in the gui (XFBurn), just the root directory. So if i need to burn something from the backup partition
i currently have to transfer or copy the file into something like the /home/desktop before the app, Xfburn in this example, will show
Using the separate partitions allows me to place stuff there irrespective of which distro i happen to be using at the time, which i find useful
and would like to continue, specially if i happen to be going through a distro-hopping phase.
The "Path" command would be useful if i knew where the particular file resides, but, because of the way i work, this is a rare thing.
If you could imagine that your file manager would only access the root directory of the app, then transfer that behaviour to the app you wanted to use
where system browsing was either desirable or neccessary then you have the nubb of the problem.
It may be this is application-specific behaviour, in which case i shall have to live with it, but i wonder if there is a generic solution that could be applied to any instance where it occurs?