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Old 04-11-2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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The right File Manager for me?

Oookay so, I'm trying to find a file manager for Linux, that is as capable as the one I use in windows, Directory Opus. Not sure if anyone is familiar with Dopus, but it is one damn nice file manager.

It's just so highly configurable, and some some seriously sweet features. Oh all the features, the one I just absolutely don't want to loose, is this widget you can stick on a toolbar in dopus that lets you enter a filter, and it will then only show files that match that filter in the current directory.

It's like the good ol days when you would do "dir *.txt", or maybe "ls *.txt".
Just put "*.txt" in the lil box and hit enter, and dir only shows txt files.

Anyone know any linux file managers with the feature? And preferably more?

Really I keep mine fairly simple, I have a total of 10 widgets on my toolbar, but I could do just fine with only 5 of them, the directory entry portion, the up a folder button, the search button, the file filter, and the button to open a command prompt in the current folder. I don't use a directory, tree, and rarely make use of the split mode features, so.. if I could just get that file filter, I would be happy.
Old 04-11-2005, 11:44 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with Dopus, so I don't know whether Konqueror would suit your needs, but there is a small add-on for Konq that enables a quick filter like you describe. Dunno if it's powerful enough, though. The standard Konqueror-addons package comes with a filter for file types, but it's kind of clunky to use.

I haven't regularly used a file manager in (literally) years; I'm very much a command-line guy. I started using KDE a lot recently, and have found that I really like Konqueror. I've started using it instead of Firefox for my web browsing, and have been using its filemanager interface frequently.

One of my favorite features (though it currently involves too many mouse-clicks, and closes all your tabs when you use it) is view profiles. You can configure Konqueror how you like (with multiple panes, tree/icon/detail views, toolbars, etc.) and create your own "view profiles", sort of like a visual configuration for each purpose. The defaults include profiles for web browsing, file management, Midnight Commander-style, and others. Then, you can just switch view profiles to start working with files instead of web browsing. No need to start up a different program. Since browsing and file management are the two major tasks I do on a computer, it suits me well.

Another thing I like is the web shortcuts; you can put in "imdb:Juliet Landau" in your Location bar to search the Internet Movie Database for Juliet Landau (useful for those spur-of-the-moment "What was that movie she was in?" searches), or "gg:Linux" to Google for Linux. It's very handy, once you learn some of the shortcuts.

Konqueror does the browser/filemanager integration very well, I think. It has some room for improvement, but it's definitely on par with, if not better than, the most recent versions of Internet Explorer. But if you want a dedicated file manager, I'm afraid I don't have one to recommend.

Good luck in your search!
Old 04-11-2005, 12:04 PM   #3
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Well, Konqueror has that file filter...

Edit: Too slow...
Old 04-11-2005, 02:27 PM   #4
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you could install mc (midnight commander, resembles norton commander from the old days) or have a look at gentoo (the filemanager, not the distro)
Old 04-11-2005, 02:58 PM   #5
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Rox-Filer has it too. I've tried a lot of fm's for linux, but its the one for me at least. Simple and minimalistic, very powerful and quite configurable.

Only thing I miss is that I'm not able to cut files or directories into clipboard like in windows, and then paste them elsewhere - you'll have to have two sessions for drag'n drop or you can give directory name to copy to.


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