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    Replace Nautilus

    Hi all,

    I have been using Linux for the past 5 months and so far I am loving it. I got a bit bored of the K GUI so I switched to Gnome.

    Gnome e is good but... I just hate Nautilus, which IMHO have the look of 90's applications. I just cant stand it.

    I know that there are quite a few alternatives like Dolphin, Thunar, etc. However, what I really wanted is to replace Nautilus as the CORE file manager in Gnome. Is this possile?

    Thank you

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaisersoze View Post
    Hi all,

    I have been using Linux for the past 5 months and so far I am loving it. I got a bit bored of the K GUI so I switched to Gnome.

    Gnome e is good but... I just hate Nautilus, which IMHO have the look of 90's applications. I just cant stand it.

    I know that there are quite a few alternatives like Dolphin, Thunar, etc. However, what I really wanted is to replace Nautilus as the CORE file manager in Gnome. Is this possile?

    Thank you
    What's there to hate about Nautilus? It's just the same as Thunar or Dolphin, it just doesn't have that many bells as Dolphin does...

    It's possible to set Thunar to take over your desktop.
    See scripts here:
    http://psychocats.net/ubuntu/nonautilusplease

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    what we need is a file manager that lets you see the folder sizes and the complete number of files in all subdirectories, not just the files and directories. Its a nightmare when you have to transfer over gigabytes of information to try and discover what still needs to be copied and what doesn't and then confirm that its all been copied over.

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    Its a nightmare when you have to transfer over gigabytes of information to try and discover what still needs to be copied and what doesn't and then confirm that its all been copied over.
    Time to learn and use command line tools such as rsync for tasks with this scope. These will figure it out automatically for you.

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    yeah, i hear you, i should learn these but its scary and easy to make mistakes from the command line. i'll check out rsync.

    But am I alone in wanting a better filemanager GUI? since it's likely one of the most used programs, it'd be nice to have more features... it's quite a pain that you send nautilus to copy things and only halfway through when it encounters errors it asks if you want to overwrite or whatever. it would just be nice if nautilus could open a progress bar when copying that had advanced options in checkboxes like:

    overwrite only if the file is newer,
    overwrite only if different size and date, etc.

    that would save a huge wait on unnecesarily overwriting files with the same exact file. and a recovery mode or some type of memory so that if it crashes it remembers what it was doing and asks you again if you want to do it, or at least starts from where it left off when you repeat the process.

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    rsync is dedicated to copy/synchronise eventually complex directory trees, and is designed to minimise the information that needs to be copied. You might want to try grsync, which is a graphical interface to rsync. It is available in synaptic.

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    First, I would like to point out that there is nothing wrong with wanting a graphical file manager that does what he needs. It is a basic task, and some people (like me) prefer the graphical method that we grew up with, and are comfortable using.

    Second, there is a method that seems to have worked here
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...dolphin&page=2
    Good Luck!!

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    wow, grsync is an amazingly useful program! I can't believe I've never come across it before. Suddenly, backups of a 100GB huge file archive are taking seconds!!! thanks soooo much for putting me onto this great program. hopefully someday we will have a file manager that, when overwriting, lets us know how many files are different and what the differences are (and perhaps even looks inside documents to show us the difference!) and then offers us the chance to use something like grsync to overwrite.

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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    I too have just installed Grsync whilst reading this thread, I may not have used it yet but I did launch it to have a look, and one thing jumped out at me straight away. The tooltips associated with the options not only give a description of the option, but also the command line equivalent. Such a simple and brilliant idea, If more apps adopted this approach perhaps new users would not be so put off the use of terminal and even those of us who strive to learn the command line might find the learning curve gathers momentum much more quickly.
    I will certainly be adopting this standard on the programs I am working on.
    (My appologies as this post is a digression from the original purpose of this thread.)
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    Re: Replace Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by Fingers & Thumbs View Post
    I too have just installed Grsync whilst reading this thread, I may not have used it yet but I did launch it to have a look, and one thing jumped out at me straight away. The tooltips associated with the options not only give a description of the option, but also the command line equivalent. Such a simple and brilliant idea, If more apps adopted this approach perhaps new users would not be so put off the use of terminal and even those of us who strive to learn the command line might find the learning curve gathers momentum much more quickly.
    I will certainly be adopting this standard on the programs I am working on.
    (My appologies as this post is a digression from the original purpose of this thread.)
    Yeah, that jumped out at me, too, and i thought, wow! that's brilliant! if i want cron to run that rsync command for me, all I have to do is configure grsync the way i want it, then cut and paste the command it spits out to rsync, which does the work! the truth is, i don't really like using the command line if I can avoid it, but I would LOOOOVE knowing what the GUI is doing at the command-line level. I mean, I often wonder if a program like synaptic, when I click on apply is just doing some apt-get command, or whether nautilus is just running some cp command when i ask it to copy files. I-d love to see that!

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