Difference between Spatial/Browser modes in Nautilus

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Tue Jun 13 17:03:32 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-06-13 at 03:50 -0500, Albert Wagner wrote:
> no_ubuntu_spatial is now marked because I noted that it apparently 
> controls whether or not a new window erases it's parent, and for the 
> time being I prefer not to erase parents.

Exactly. Ubuntu once (in Hoary IIRC) changed the Gnome default - Gnome
by default left the parent folder open when opening a subfolder, Ubuntu
didn't. If this key is enabled, nautilus behaves as per Gnome default.

> The main reason that Spatial Mode appeared not to work was that I was 
> starting Nautilus by clicking on the File Manager icon, which always 
> starts in Browser mode.  When I start Nautilus by clicking on an item
> in Places then it starts up in Spatial Mode.

I see. In general: the spatial metaphor hinges on the equivalence of
folder <-> window. In fact, in the spatial model, there is no file
manager "window" in the sense that you look through a window at
something. There is just a folder, which can be closed or open, and each
open folder is an individual entity. All states of an open folder are
Therefore, not only you you get an open folder when clicking something
in "Places", but whenever you doubleclick a closed folder object.

I used spatial a while, and I think it works really well if you organize
the files in a way that fits the metaphor (not too deeply nested etc). 

> Thank you very much for your patience and excellent help.

Glad I could help

> BTW, Have you ever used ROX-Filer? 

I tried it briefly, but it was years ago when I used my home computers
much more than today, and I was interested in shaping them to my needs.
Back then I ran Ion as my window manager too :)
Nowadays I am a more casual user at home (and tied to Windows at work
unfortunately) and am happy to just stick with the Ubuntu defaults

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