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Old 08-18-2004, 07:51 AM   #1
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nautilus: changing the appearance of the 'date modified' column?

I'm using nautilus in fluxbox and now I'm wondering if there is any way I can change the appearance of the 'date modified' column.

This is how the column looks now:
Thursday, September 25 2003 at 3:47:21 PM
Sunday, August 8 2004 at 12:48:57 PM
Yesterday at 12:42:10 PM
This is stupid for more than one reason, but the most obvious is that I can't sort the column in a good way...

Is it possible to change the display to, let's say:
2003-09-25, 03:47:21
2004-08-08, 12:48:57
2004-08-17, 12:42:10
This would make sorting easier as well as displaying the date in a format that I am familiar with.
It would also make it less of a clutter in the nautilus window.

I'm not using gnome so I'm not sure if I have the necessary gnome tools available... I think it should be possible to edit some files though, but I can't seem to find any relevant.
egrep -iR '%Y|date' ~/.gnome* doesn't seem to show any related info and the same goes for ~/.nautilus.

Perhaps nautilus is using my locales which are set to en_US...?
I'm not quite sure if I had this problem before I upgraded nautilus... either way I didn't notice this to be a problem until recently.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Ok, it seems that locales are involved in some way.
Starting nautilus with:
LC_TIME=swedish nautilus --no-desktop --browser
will give me the date column with entries in swedish.
The date format is still wrong though, and I haven't been able to change that...
It's strange since the date format is displayed correctly when I do a regular ls -l and one would think that nautilus would use the same format.

Keep them suggestions coming...

Last edited by apeekaboo; 08-18-2004 at 04:06 PM.
Old 09-23-2011, 03:36 AM   #2
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Using gconf you have three date format options available for nautilus

Switch to GNOME first version 2 is still OK

  1. Start gconf: <ALT+F2>, type: gconf-editor , click Run

  2. In left pane navigate to: /apps/nautilus/preferences/date_format

  3. Enter one of three possible options: "locale","iso","informal"

Change is immediate to open nautilus window. So you can your change effect straight away.

See screenshot "Screenshot-Configuration Editor - preferences.png"
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