JRG wrote:I find the idea of copying or moving a file (or a whole sub-directory tree) by copying-and-pasting or opening two instances of the file manager not only awkward, but abhorrent.
As you are not speaking of command line file management I find myself constrained to considering graphical file managers and I cannot, at the moment, recall any graphical file manager that required copy/paste.
Do you know of one?
JRG wrote:My current favourite file manager, which I install on any and all distributions I install on my computers, is XFE. It has issues and could be improved, but personally I think the two-panel file manager paradigm blows away the single-panel file manager.
Here we disagree. We'd agree, I think, that the more flexible a serviceable tool is the better that tool is. Xfe has constraints. For example, wanting to visually track changes in 3 directories at the same time, I have recently been working with 3 instances of PCManFM on my desktop; dragging and dropping files and directories between their panes with the usual simplicity of effort.
As I've installed Xfe to get to know something of it I was able to get it to display 3 panes, but I had to do the abhorrent thing and start two instances of it to do so.
JRG wrote:Now, installing XFE (and other two-panel file managers) is easy. They are eminently usable, but a higher degree of integration with the desktop environment (in my case XFCE) would improve the user-experience enormously.
I use LXDE so your answer may not reveal immediate advantages to me, but I am curious: in what ways would you heighten the integration of Xfe into Xfce?
In any event I will keep Xfe on my system and be happy to use it where its use fits need so, thank you for bringing it to my attention.
PS. It appears that Xfe does not have a 'find files' function; I've attempted to use its "Search" function (Ctl-F) but nothing happens - any idea why?