Gnome un-aware file handling (was: UNDELETION EXT3 workaround)

Aurélien Naldi aurelien.naldi at
Tue Feb 19 11:52:02 UTC 2008

On Feb 19, 2008 12:35 PM, Markus Hitter <mah at> wrote:
> Am 19.02.2008 um 04:41 schrieb Jared Schlicht:
> > The goal with desktop distros seems to be "The user should not have
> > to touch
> > the command line".
> This might be a valid goal but doesn't work very often. Many, many
> applications are not Gnome-aware and it's impossible for them to open
> a file on a network drive, for example.
> You have to copy the thing to a local drive with the file manager and
> open the thing there. Alternatively, you can mount network shares in
> the file system, but this requires touching the command line yet again.
> I'd be glad hearing about a file manager actually mounting drives
> instead of using voodoo, like Nautilus does.


AFAIK, the upcoming version of nautilus does it thanks to the move
from gnome-vfs to gio/gvfs [1]. Anyway, when nautilus was first
written, this was not possible as mounting a remote directory used to
require admin rights, hence the need for a "user space mount" which
was provided by gnome-vfs (and which is now available in a more
generic way thanks to FUSE.
I have not tested it yet though, but it is in hardy right now. The bad
thing is that the new nautilus still contains some regressions
compared to the previous one, let's hope this will be fixed in time
for hardy :).



Aurélien Naldi

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