PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

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Which of these file managers would you like to see in Mint Fluxbox?

Poll ended at Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:20 pm

Thunar
7
64%
PCmanFM
4
36%
other
0
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Total votes : 11

PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:20 pm

I'm really unsatisfied with the deafault Thunar file manager because of:
- lack of tabs or dual panel
- no chance to disable trash bin
- lack of details in detailed view
I vote for a change of Thunar for PCmanFM and you?
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby ju1ius on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:08 pm

For me the advantages of PCManFM:
  • Lower memory footprint
  • tabs
the advantages of Thunar:
  • the treeview
  • the batch renamer
  • custom actions
  • plugins(thunar-shares, thunar-thumbnailers, thunar-vcs ...)
  • Gigolo
Well... +1 for Thunar :mrgreen:
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby wasp on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:53 pm

ju1ius wrote:For me the advantages of PCManFM:
  • Lower memory footprint
  • tabs
the advantages of Thunar:
  • the treeview
  • the batch renamer
  • custom actions
  • plugins(thunar-shares, thunar-thumbnailers, thunar-vcs ...)
  • Gigolo
Well... +1 for Thunar :mrgreen:


I agree :)

Thunar :)
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby Shaine on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:54 am

I've had issues with PCmanFM supporting image thumbnails in the past. I had not taken the time to troubleshoot that as Thunar worked fine for me, you can always open multiple instances and drag & drop across.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:12 pm

you can always open multiple instances and drag & drop across.

It's all about speed and comfort. It's like saying that you don't need tabs in your favorite web browser. of course you don't really need them but it makes the experience better and faster.I agree that you can use the window tabbing provided by fluxbox. But you are wasting your time by doing something which is somewhere else by default. Initially I'm Ubuntu user, but I realized that by using Mint I don't spent that much time by customizing and tweaking thinks.
Actually since I removed Thunar and all plugins my problem with Opera described here viewtopic.php?f=165&t=55329 vanished, so I'm biased a bit, I changed some settings on freenas side also, so I'm not sure if removing Thunar has to do anything with that.
I can't confirm your trouble with thumbs, everything is fine with PCmanFM so far.
For me the advantages of PCManFM:
Lower memory footprint
tabs
the advantages of Thunar:
the treeview
the batch renamer
custom actions
plugins(thunar-shares, thunar-thumbnailers, thunar-vcs ...)
Gigolo


VCS and batch renamer I don't need , shares I don't need since I'm using NFS share by default, which is much quicker when using linux. Gigolo and custom actions are great though, Thumbs are in PCmanFm by default.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:17 pm

Thunar is more compatible with conky than PCmanFM.
PCmanFM will run the desktop like Nautilus.
I am more comfortable with Thunar.
If you want something else it is easy to change.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:45 pm

How do you mean it more compatible with conky?
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby Gnarly on Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:43 pm

For me I prefer Pcmanfm. Thunar wont show all my other partitions either mounted or not. That is irritating to me. It seems very light weight and fast on my Mint 9 Fluxbox install. If I wanted to use Thunar I would use XFCE.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:03 pm

What I mean by less compatible with conky is that (like nautilus) PCmanFM is designed to run the desktop and interferes with conky. Yes, you can change it so it does not (see the LXDE forums for more on that) but for me it is not worth the trouble. You are free to choose and so am I.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby anticapitalista on Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Personally I don't like pcmanfm nor thunar. Rox does it for me.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:45 am

anticapitalista wrote:Personally I don't like pcmanfm nor thunar. Rox does it for me.


I tried Rox yesterday but for me it lacks most of basic functions. It seems to be very very light though.

jeffreyC wrote:PCmanFM is designed to run the desktop and interferes with conky


I read the forums on that topic, but non of these issues appear when using Mint 9 Fluxbox. Since we are in Fluxbox section, it's little bit offtopic
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:16 pm

I read the forums on that topic, but non of these issues appear when using Mint 9 Fluxbox. Since we are in Fluxbox section, it's little bit offtopic[/quote]

I did not know if it was or not an issue. I have not tried PCmanFM in Fluxbox.

If you want tabs fluxbox is a tabbing window manager.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:38 pm

Another reason why to make a change is, that thunar doesn't automount/show other ext4 partitions..
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:15 am

Recently I started using pcmanfm2 from the Lubuntu repository, which is completely rewritten and the experience is even better than with the previous version, since it has integrated support for SMB and FTP. It claims to be as resource efficient as the previous version. So i really recommend switching to this version.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:44 pm

As was previously mentioned Thunar has custom actions.
Basically anything that can be done with a CLI can be made into a custom action.
And with Fluxbox you can group windows, so tabs are no real advantage.
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby linuxviolin on Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:33 am

Both have problems. PCmanFM is not bad but I prefer Xfe. :idea:

About Rox, it has one of the most stupid interface... although it is not bad itself. :!:
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:05 am

jeffreyC wrote:As was previously mentioned Thunar has custom actions.
Basically anything that can be done with a CLI can be made into a custom action.
And with Fluxbox you can group windows, so tabs are no real advantage.


In PCmanFM2 there's custom command line action option, you should really try it before blind posting. PCmanFM2 differs bigtime from PCmanFM, native support for FTP and SMB is huge advantage for me.
Native tabbing (pressing ctrl+t) is 10 times faster than opening single windows and than merging them together, so it is advantage using it.

Try adding this repo
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/lubuntu-desktop/ppa/ubuntu lucid main
then install pcmanfm2
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:49 pm

But with the apps file you can have Fluxbox group the windows for you which is what I meant
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby daquirm on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:30 pm

Apps file? I must have missed something, what is that?
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Re: PCmanFM vs Thunar - which one do you prefer?

Postby jeffreyC on Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:16 pm

http://fluxbox-wiki.org/index.php?title ... _apps_file

The last subject at the bottom Grouping apps via the apps file
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