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Thunar 1.0.2

April 20, 2011 — BarryK
Continuing from the previous post:

I have recompiled Thunar to run properly in Wary. The PET (420KB):

This is how I compiled it:
libxfce4util 4.8.1

# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-pc-linux-gnu --disable-shared --enable-static --disable-debug

exo 0.3.107
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-pc-linux-gnu --disable-shared --enable-static --disable-python --disable-hal --enable-debug=no

libxfce4ui 4.8.0
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-pc-linux-gnu --disable-shared --enable-static --disable-keyboard-library --disable-gladeui --disable-debug

thunar 1.0.2
edited thunar/thunar-window.c to remove running-as-root message.
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-pc-linux-gnu --disable-dbus --enable-debug=minimum --disable-sbr-plugin --enable-pcre --disable-tpa-plugin --disable-uca-plugin --disable-wallpaper-plugin --disable-apr-plugin --enable-gnome-thumbnailers --with-volume-manager=none --enable-static --disable-shared

Note that I also compiled the latest Thunar, version 1.3.0, however it has a bug -- when I open a second window, the thumbnails do not display.


Thunar versus ROX-Filer
Username: BarryK
After using Thunar for awhile, I was very pleased to get back to ROX. Many reasons. I also played with Thunar 1.3.0, same shortcomings compared with ROX. I think that the people who complain that they want a two-pane file manager are just saying that out of habit. You might disagree with me, but I don't think it has any usability advantages compared with ROX. There were little things that I missed, such as the little bubble on a file-icon to show that it is a symlink, and mouse-over to see where the link points to. Drag and drop, and be asked whether want to copy or move the file(s). I have always thought that the ROX developer really understood practical usability, that some other file manager developers lack. I remember some years ago playing with the Nautilus file manager, and coming to the same conclusion. Another point is that running Thunar standalone without Xfce carries a lot of dead weight. The size is larger than ROX, yet has far less features. Anyway, for those who want it, it is now a PET.

Username: disciple
"There are situations where a tree view is very handy. But I'd choose Rox over anything else. Konqueror is pretty good too, but I wouldn't want all that KDE bloat ;)

Username: BarryK
"Well, of course I mean a little arrow on the icon to indicate a symlink, a bubble for a mount point. Yeah, others might see it differently from me, so take my post as personal viewpoint only. I have never seen the treeview as all that useful. I used Windows Explorer for years and was glad to leave it behind. With ROX I jump up and down levels, and often have multiple windows open, and it works fine for me.

I agree
Username: joec.
"I agree with you Barry, It did take a while to learn but it works just fine for me. joe c
Username: playdayz
"Barry, Lucid 5.2.5 contains both and For reasons I forget, this worked better than a symlink. The original pet you posted seems to be running OK in Lucid. I added it to the Lucid PPM repo. I will test the newer pet. Thanks.

2 bugs
Username: DaveS
"Using Thunar for a while but there are two killer bugs Selecting a .jpg file causes a crash, and symlinks use the same icon as directories making them impossible to tell apart.

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