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Tue Feb 12 18:32:58 UTC 2008
Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 07:50:36PM +0200:
> Another gnome package proposal. It consists of useful utilities which
> are only run explicitly and for which we have no equivalents (except for
> screenshot as a panel plugin)
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> I know there were plans of adding search to thunar and also a disk usage
> view but those have not materialized afaik. Same for floppy formatter.
> Since many users would find these helpful but would not know where to
> find them if not installed I propose including them.
> Pros, cons?
Let's see what alternatives are there:
> The utils are:
> - baobab, a disk usage analyser
I think there was another, non-gnome utility, called gdmap, but its
output is much harder to analyze and less useful. I also find it harder
There are command-line tools like df and du, but they are only suitable
for advanced users.
Thunar can display a summary of a directory's disk usage when you click
"properties", but there is no overview.
> - gfloppy, a tool for formatting floppy disks
Two comamndline tools, mformat (from mtools) and mkfs.vfat, could possibly
be added as a custom action to thunar or with a simple gui could be
written (but that's additional work, and the resulting application
wouldn't be tested).
> - gnome-dictionary, a program which can look up the definition of words
> over the internet (including a panel applet to do the same)
A commandline "dict" which does basically the same thing.
There is also xfce4-dict-plugin.
> - gnome-search-tool, with which one can find files by name or content
There is "catfish", written by #xubuntu regular, and also
tracker-search-tool (is it the same as gnome-search tool?). I won't even
mention beagle ;)
> - gnome-system-log, a log viewing application
For now we just tell users to use a text editor. A dedicated application
is nice because a) it shows in the menu b) it lists the available log
files. A similar effect could be achieved by making links to the log files
in the menu, but the log viewer also has the nice feature of comfotable
> - gnome-screenshot, a tool to take desktop screenshots and save them
> into a file
There is ImageMagick's "import" and a separate "scrot", which could be
bound to the "print screen" key by default. There is the aforemntioned
desktop plugin. Gimp can take screenshots.
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