I'm the main developer of the desktop environment LXDE and its file manager, PCManFM.
After six months of developement, here I'm glad to announce that the next generation PCManFM calls for testing.
This is not a revision, but a total rewrite based on glib/gio and also supporting gvfs.
It's almost time to have the first public alpha release. So I'm here to call for testing and we can fix the bugs according to user feedback. This might be included in Lubuntu, too. So please help us.
1. remote file systems are now accessible within pcmanfm. (requires gvfs)
2. trash can is now working. (requires gvfs)
3. desktop management is re-written (not yet finished)
4. Better compatibility with other DEs
5. Some features are now lacking because this is a total rewrite from scratch and the source code is not based on the original pcmanfm 0.5 series.
6. While supporting gio and gvfs, pcmanfm2 didn't become heavy. Its performance is still as good as the original pcmanfm 0.5 series. Don't argue with me before you try it. To see is to believe.
7. The core of the file manager now becomes a separate library called libfm. It can be used by other programs requiring file management facilities. (Yes, it's possible to develop your own two-pane-layout file manager based on libfm.)
You can grab the latest source code in development for testing and previewing from the git repo with following command line.
Source code of libfm (required to compile pcmanfm):
Source code of new pcmanfm (This is a total re-write. If you need source code of old deprecated pcmanfm series, please check it out from svn repository.):Code:git clone git://pcmanfm.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/pcmanfm/libfm
Please install libfm before compiling pcmanfm. Libfm itself brings an standalone demo program named libfm-demo, which could work as a minimal file manager. Both libfm and pcmanfm can be compiled with following commands:Code:git clone git://pcmanfm.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/pcmanfm/pcmanfm
More details:Code:./configure --sysconfdir=/etc make sudo make install
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