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    PCMan works great as a drop in replacement for Nautilus.

    PCMan works well with GNOME and has options to "Open Current Folder as root" and also "Open Terminal" .
    Its fast, uncluttered and has tabs!


    http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net/
    Features:

    * Extremly fast and lightweight
    * Can be started in one second on normal machine
    * Tabbed browsing (Similiar to Firefox)

    Original idea from: http://lifehacker.com/software/linux...ger-288616.php

    OS: Ubuntu 7.10
    Architecture: 64bit.
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    1.
    Install pcmanfm from the package manager.
    Applications > System Tools > PCMan File Manager
    2.
    If you find that you like PCMan and want to have "Places" use it instead of nautilus do the following:
    Start the PCMan File Manager and go to:
    /usr/share/applications
    In PCMan "Open Current Folder as root"
    Tools > Open Current Folder as root.
    3.
    Make a backup copy of the files below (copy and paste and add "_bak" on the end of the file name.

    /usr/share/applications/nautilus-computer.desktop
    /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
    4.
    Change the line in each with starts with Exec=
    e.g

    For nautilus-computer.desktop: Exec=pcmanfm /
    For nautilus-folder-handler.desktop: Exec=pcmanfm %U
    Done

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    Note: You can go quite a bit further in replacing nautilus if you wish (see gsiliceo's post below) but the steps I have detailed above give the most change for the least effort.
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    [UPDATE]
    Old tip - See this post for latest NEWS
    Last edited by SilverWave; April 12th, 2009 at 11:24 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    To completly replace nautilus follow this steps, they all are reversable and not harmful at all, as long as you make the backups.

    First we need to backup some files

    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop.backup
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop.backup
    Then open these files
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop
    and replace every nautilus word with pcmanfm (delete the arguments after the word pcmanfm since some are not supported)
    And save

    And these changes are for gnome session manager
    (so ubuntu stops trying to load nautilus)
    Backup this file
    sudo cp /usr/share/gnome/default.session /usr/share/gnome/default.session.backup
    Then we need to delete a few lines an change some numbers
    sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome/default.session
    Then open it and delete the lines that have at the beggining the same number as the nautilus line
    something like this
    :
    2,id=default2
    2,Priority=40
    2,RestartCommand=nautilus --no-default-window --sm-client-id default2
    Then rename the other lines so the numbers dont jump from 1 to 3.
    And from the line
    num_clients=X
    Change the number to the new number of process you just changed.
    And save


    If you don't understand i added my file to this post as an attachment so you can compare.

    And the most important step to kill nautilis you need to do this :
    sudo cp /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nautilus.backup
    sudo rm /usr/bin/nautilus
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/pcmanfm /usr/bin/nautilus
    Finally, you need to open a PCMan window and go to edit, preferences, desktop, to configure the desktop.
    And dont forget to restart the session doing ctrl+alt+backspace

    Doing this ubuntu wont ever load nautilus, saving the precious ram and reducing boot time.
    I wish you could just uninstall it, but the package is tied to many other important packages.
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    Last edited by gsiliceo; March 14th, 2008 at 01:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsiliceo View Post
    Your forgot a few files that you ...

    I was about to make a how to my self, but i don't like duplicate posts, so i hope you can update yours =D
    Updated the howto pointing to your post for the advanced stuff

    If you get a chance add in a couple of screen shots to your original post.

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    gsiliceo you make a small mistake:
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop.backup
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
    should be:
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop.backup
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop.backup
    Luckily, I've made backups using commands from SilverWave's post, so have no problems, when returning to nautlius.
    A few things, which annoing me most, are:
    -no posibility to arrange icons(they are organised automaticaly, from left to right, top to bottom etc)
    -problems with HAL(?!)(my phone card was mounted as read only:/)
    -doesn't support drag&drop(beetwen aplications, eg. Totem)
    -can't using RBM(right mouse button, is this correct form?), elsewhere than on icons...
    But, i've been realy suprised how fast is PCManFM!!!
    If someone would like to return to nautilus from PCManFM, should do(in terminal of course:
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop.backup /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop.backup /usr/share/applications/nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
    sudo cp /usr/share/gnome/default.session.backup /usr/share/gnome/default.session
    sudo cp /usr/bin/nautilus.backup /usr/bin/nautilus
    Then alt+ctrl+backspace
    Hope, it will be helpful for some newbie
    Last edited by quina; March 13th, 2008 at 02:18 PM. Reason: wrong quoting

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    Am really loving the increase in speed, but when I use the 'Places' menu, pcmanfm can't open files (dbl-click on a text file and it doesn't open in Text Editor).

    However, if I start pcmanfm from the command line, it seems to open files ok.
    Last edited by yosemite610; November 27th, 2008 at 05:04 PM. Reason: fat fingers

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    Hey all.

    I'm looking to replace nautilus completely with pcmanfm on 8.10. This is on a netbook, so I want the lightest of light, and I want to rid myself of the bloat.

    My end goal is the complete removal of nautilus, however the process seems a bit different on Ibex.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    Quote Originally Posted by noahTHEpurdy View Post
    Hey all.

    I'm looking to replace nautilus completely with pcmanfm on 8.10. This is on a netbook, so I want the lightest of light, and I want to rid myself of the bloat.

    My end goal is the complete removal of nautilus, however the process seems a bit different on Ibex.

    Anyone have any ideas?
    {shhhhhhhh don't tell anyone I said this...}
    Try Xubuntu.

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    I find it annoying that I can't make launchers in PCMan.

    Dragging a folder to the desktop copies/moves it. I want to create shortcuts.

    Why do I want to create a shortcut? Because when I insert a CDRom, it doesn't show on the desktop!

    Also created a new bug: Click Here
    Last edited by Izek; December 15th, 2008 at 01:56 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    I followed the steps in the first post but nautilus is still opening computer and home from the desktop icons
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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    you have to follow the second post instructions to get rid of nautilus.

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