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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).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by gsiliceo View Post
    you have to follow the second post instructions to get rid of nautilus.
    I don't want to remove nautilus until I get pcman opening everything that nautilus opens.
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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    You dont actually delete nautilus you just delete the binary, and you keep a backup, and then you replace all calls to nautilus to pcman, there are just too many files that need to be edited so stuff gets opened with pcman and not nautilus, so this is an ugly but effective and secure solution.

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

    can i do the same with thunar, for some reason pcman was causing 100% processor usage while i was editing the files that were posted
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    Re: HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).

    I recommend upgrading to the latest version, first uninstall the one you currently have.
    sudo apt-get remove pcmanfm
    And get the latest tarball from here:
    http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php/PCMan_File_Manager
    This app has being getting better and better with every upgrade and since the one in the repositories is old you are missing a lot.
    And once you have the new tarball:
    sudo apt-get build-dep pcmanfm
    Extract the tarball and open the terminal in the extracted folder
    ./configure
    make
    sudo make install
    And there you go.
    Last edited by gsiliceo; May 21st, 2008 at 07:01 PM.

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

    I followed the instructions and when I go to places>computer, i get an error saying file doesn't exist.---I got this problem fixed, but the error message pops up everytime I open computer.

    What do i need to do to get desktop icons and have pcman open the location. such as, computer, sdc1, home, network etc...
    Last edited by tad1073; March 5th, 2008 at 03:21 AM.
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