View Full Version : Freedom Environment - feNautilusScripts, xpg, feAppMenus

July 21st, 2011, 11:04 PM
( Category : General, Practical Linux Tcl-Tk Utilities )

I am a Linux-at-home user --- since 2009 on my main PCs.
I spent more than 10 years developing scripts on Unix (mostly SGI-IRIX)
in pre-retirement years.

I have developed a set of utilities that make Linux MUCH more useful
to me than some other operating systems.

Three 'Freedom Environment' subsystems are currently (2011-plus)
available --- 'xpg', 'feAppMenus', and 'feNautilusScripts'.

'xpg' and 'feAppMenus' use Tcl-Tk and some of its magic.

These subsystems are available as downloads from

Brief descriptions:

'xpg' is a GUI text browser which has a unique 'Show-All-Match-Lines'
capability that should blow the users away with their search-efficiency gains ---
especially on huge text files such as log files, large config files,
large source code files, long lists, etc. etc. etc.

'xpg', among other things, essentially puts a GUI interface on the
'grep' command (enhanced).


'feAppmenus' allows the user to arrange applications into categories
of their own choosing and into menu item ordering of their own choosing
--- with complete and total access to the configuration files and scripts
that are running the menu system.

Click a 'drawer' in a set of 'pop-away' 'toolchests' to startup an app.


'feNautilusScripts' facilitates the user's ability to 'drill-down'
into a Linux/Unix machine, with mouse clicks, to see what's there and
what's happening (files, helps, executables, processes, etc.)
--- to depths and breadths never-before-plumbed so easily.

In addition, with 'feNautilusScripts' users can easily do
several kinds of batch file conversions, several kinds of batch file renaming,
several kinds of media file editing ... and creation ... and listening/viewing
--- with a small set of mouse clicks.

[In the future, I plan to convert a Tcl-Tk file selector utility to do
the powerful 'right-click-and-run-selected-script-on-selected-files' capability
that the Gnome Nautilus file manager provides. This will make the
FE Nautilus Scripts readily available to users of other 'desktops'.

Gnome, Nautilus, and Ubuntu are going through some disturbing changes.
I do not feel I can count on the 'right-click-and-run-selected-script-on-selected-files'
capability of Nautilus to make it intact through these 'regressions for the desktop
computer' --- and 'regressions for the netbook with mouse attached'.

So I feel I need to make a utility that preserves the seemingly under-loved Nautilus
Scripts capability that no other file manager seems to support in the powerful
sub-directories-capable form of Nautilus.]


The http://www.freedomenv.com (http://www.freedomenv.com/) web site includes a page of movie files that
show how to install the 3 subsystems. And some of the movies give
an introductory demo of the 'xpg', 'feAppMenus', and 'feNautilusScripts'


I announced the Freedom Environment (F.E. = effie) last year (Sep2010) in
this forum :


There have been many updates in the past year as indicated on the NEWS page
of http://www.freedomenv.com (http://www.freedomenv.com/)