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looking for tools

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:04 am
by bios224
i am quite new to mint cinnamon and still looking for a few native tools with these features:


filemanager: with dual panel mode, remembering its last opened folders and views like q-dir

filesearch: locate files and folders by name instantly, like http://www.voidtools.com/

disk diagnostics: like crystaldiskinfo

disk benchmark: like crystaldiskmark

taskmanager: detailed intutitive graphical overview of system processes, ram usage...

search & replace: simple tool for batchediting textfiles, playlists...


it would be great if you have some hints for me.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:49 pm
by donalduck
hi,

these are very open questions indeed ;)

without any doubt answer depends on many differents things, like:
- are you eager to use a shell and command lines, to code or script ? or do you look only for gui programs ?
- how many files on your system and how often they change ?
- doing repetitive heavy duty work with search function ?
etc

I'll give you very basic pointers:

F3 open dual panel mode in integrated cinamon "nemo" file manager.
To be honest, I miss windows freecommander utility.
If you feel doing some real efficient work with a file manager, you should install and learn to use midnight commander "mc".

gsmartcontrol offer basic disk diagnostics like crystaldiskinfo.

integrated disks utility has a hidden benchmarking functionnality. first install ubuntu-docs and yelp, and then launch command below to see how-to guide

Code: Select all

yelp /usr/share/help/en_GB/ubuntu-help/disk-benchmark.page
integrated system monitor looks like taskmanager. I prefer htop, you should have it installed.

search and replace, batchedit textfiles: please be more specific...any combination of sed, find, grep, awk ... can do the job !!!

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:20 am
by bios224
thank you for these suggestions.

indeed nemo offers a dual panel view, but how to make this a permanent standard along with the function to remember the last opened folders?

the search and replace tool should basically offer these functionalities in a gui: http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/search/

finding a replacement to the filesearch 'everything' is very crucial to me. doesn't there exist a linux pendant to it?

htop is very nice and minimal, but i am looking for a version that concentrates on the actual ram usage in detail and reflects all in a dynamical (bar)diagram.

besides: does there exist a gui defrag tool with ntfs functionality in linux mint?

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:27 am
by Shryp
bios224 wrote:thank you for these suggestions.

indeed nemo offers a dual panel view, but how to make this a permanent standard...

Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> check Always start in dual pane mode.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:27 am
by Shryp
bios224 wrote:thank you for these suggestions.

indeed nemo offers a dual panel view, but how to make this a permanent standard...

Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> check Always start in dual pane mode.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:57 pm
by bios224
sure, how could i ever missed it? thanks. still, remembering the last folders remains unsolved.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:12 pm
by DrHu
I usually use midnight commander (ncurses based) Gnome commander for dual panel file managers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Commander
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME_Commander
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Commander
--that's another one that comes to mind..

from a quick perusal --> tux commander seems similar to q-dir without quad view by default, however the other dual panel file managers can allow quick access to various drives or directories via the keyboard(hotkey) while only looking at two panels
http://tuxcmd.sourceforge.net/description.php
File manager comparisions..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso ... e_managers

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:12 pm
by donalduck
htop is not minimal, but rather highly customizable :roll:

still don't know why you won't use classic command line gnu tools, but here are some gui only tools similar to the ones you have mentioned

catfish is similar to Everything Search Engine

regexxer is similar to Simple Search-Replace

of course there is the powerfull recoll (beware before you first launch indexation, because looks inside zip files by default)

also available (source only) java based programs:
FAR - Find And Replace http://sourceforge.net/projects/findandreplace/files/
DocFetcher http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net

last, remember you can still install your simple and specialized windows utilties on linux via wine (rem: there is a compatibility layer, so probably won't be as fast as in windows).

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:37 pm
by donalduck
as far as defragging is concern, I suppose you speak about NTFS defrag, because usually there is no need to defrag ext3 or ext4 linux filesystems, by design.
In case you really need linux filesystem defrag, looks inside e2fsprogs package (various command line utilities: filefrag, e2freefrag, e4defrag ... )
and also at defragfs http://sourceforge.net/projects/defragfs/

"UltraDefrag for Linux" (which is a port from windows open source utility UltraDefrag) should defrag NTFS partitions from linux.
http://jp-andre.pagesperso-orange.fr/ad ... fs-3g.html

I didn't test myself these programs, use them at your own risk.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:30 pm
by bios224
sorry for the late reply. i have some trouble with my current system.

@drhu: wow, screenshots of tux commander even show tabs, something i forgot to ask about. gnome commander also looks fine.

@donalduck: thank your for these hints. i will test them soon.

catfish looks promising, but the big advantage of everything is, it uses ntfs journaling for building up its database and therefore is blazing fast. only sec. on my machine. and it displays results at once (while typing).

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:14 pm
by Mark Phelps
Look into Gnome-commander. It's a dual-pane file management tool and by default, it remembers the folders in which each pane was last opened.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:32 pm
by bios224
does there exist a similar linux tool to hashmyfiles? this was my fave win tool but drag & drop does not work under wine.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:29 pm
by cwsnyder
bios224 wrote:does there exist a similar linux tool to hashmyfiles? this was my fave win tool but drag & drop does not work under wine.
There are md5sum, sha1sum, sha256sum, and sha512sum from the command line, which allow you to type in unique parts of the file name, then use Tab completion to finish the rest of the filename, then for GUI forms, there are extensions to nemo, thunar and nautilus file managers to allow for right-click computation of the same hash types, or add it to your own front-end with gtk-hash.

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:33 pm
by cwsnyder
bios224 wrote:search & replace: simple tool for batchediting textfiles, playlists...
Look into custom actions for Thunar if you must have a GUI. http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/custom-actions

Re: looking for tools

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:54 am
by bios224
i will have a look at gtk-hash, thank you.

on the other hand, i would prefer a standalone drag & drop hash-tool if exists.