2 pane, swiss army knife file manager?

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 05:30:45 UTC 2012


On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:

> On 21 November 2012 13:38, Florian Diesch <diesch at spamfence.net> wrote:
> > Am Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:53:37 +0000
> > schrieb Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com>:
> >
> >> > No more. In Nautilus 3.6.2, they dropped it tosimplify stuff.
> >> > And actually - I agree with that. It's so easy to open two windows
> >> > side by side…
> >>
> >> Can you describe exactly how to do that please?  It seems to take me a
> >> lot of clicks, so perhaps I am missing something.
> >
> > Run
> >
> ================================SNIP============================================
> > #!/bin/sh
> >
> > set -- $(xwininfo -root| awk -F '[ :]+' '/ (Width|Height):/ { print
> > $3 }') width=$1
> > height=$2
> >
> > win1="$(xwininfo| awk '/^xwininfo: W/ { print $4 }')"
> > win2="$(xwininfo| awk '/^xwininfo: W/ { print $4 }')"
> >
> > wmctrl -i -r "$win1" -e 0,0,0,$((width/2)),$height
> > wmctrl -i -r "$win2" -e 0,$((width/2)),0,$((width/2)),$height
> >
> ================================SNIP============================================
> >
> > and klick the two windows
>
> ...
>


> However, starting from a single nautilus window open, to split the
> window and move the right hand split to a new bookmark takes 1
> keypress and two mouse clicks.  Using the script takes 4 clicks, a
> drag (to separate the two windows) and 4 (or more) keypresses, plus a
> lot more brain power (though that would get better with practice).
> Still not really comparable.
>
> The main point is that software should become more usable as it
> develops, not less, as is the case with nautilus, for me anyway.
>
> Colin
>


It's very easy to put two windows side-by-side in Unity... Open Nautilus,
click the fullscreen window widget, drag the window all the way to the left
until half the screen turns red and let go. Then File --> New Window, click
the widget for that window and drag it to the right until the right half of
the screen turns red and let go.

... though the effect may be different because it also duplicates the
bookmarks pane, if you are showing that.
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