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I've been using Debian 8.5 with GNOME more extensively this month. I was using it to set up a database server but found myself impressed by how everything just seemed to work. This led me into experimenting with it in other places such as on a desktop. One thing I've not been happy with is the file manager. It feels like a much less functional version of what I'm used to on Windows. Knowing that the file manager is modular, I think I'd like to try and replace GNOME's bundled file manager with something else, but I do not know what that something else should be.

My hope is that someone knowing more than I about what is available might be able to make a suggestion.

In order to be happy with a file manager, I'm looking for a small set of features:
- Support most or all of the view modes possible in Explorer with list, details, and thumbmail/icon at a minimum
- Sort files and folders separately instead of intermixed
- Iron-clad stability
- Right-click open terminal option
- Drag and drop support
post #2 of 12
Thunar fits pretty much everything there. You are using Nautilus right?
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Yes, I believe so. Thunar looks pretty nice. Does it have the ability to have a dark theme? Is there an easy way to make it the default?
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Thunar can be themed by way of GTK, xfe is another file manager that is similar to Window Explorer and less cruft to install than Thunar
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I tend to prefer XFE just because its simple in maintenance and depends on very little.
I am unsure if it supports all the fancy features you've mentioned though.

I know it can drag-n-drop, double windows(like old school commanders used to), short cut support if I am not mistaken, and of course you can launch terminal from right click(you might need to change which terminal it points to yourself, but maybe on Linux systemd does it for you? not sure on this one).
I am not sure if it has the icon scaling mode, I do not think so. However it can have large image preview window with Xfi (part of the same suite, so they work really well together).
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PCManFM is another option. It's like Thunar, but without the xfce dependencies.
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post #8 of 12

ls cp and mv its all the file management you need :) 

 

I tend to run awesomeWM most of the work I do is cli. however, when i do need a graphical program my default is thunar. its fast. lightweight and has plugins for a lot of extra features. Do not forget that just because you are running Gnome does not mean you cant use something from KDE like dolphin as well. 

 

The great thing about linux is the ease of installing and uninstalling programs. Try installing all the ones you see in thread see which one meets your need and then remove the others. 

 

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ls cp and mv its all the file management you need smile.gif 

I tend to run awesomeWM most of the work I do is cli. however, when i do need a graphical program my default is thunar. its fast. lightweight and has plugins for a lot of extra features. Do not forget that just because you are running Gnome does not mean you cant use something from KDE like dolphin as well. 

The great thing about linux is the ease of installing and uninstalling programs. Try installing all the ones you see in thread see which one meets your need and then remove the others. 

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With awesome, Ranger is a good file manager...it runs in a terminal. It's themeable and uses hotkeys.
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I used Ranger a while but in the end found it too much hassle to learn the commands because interactive stuff in the terminal window is just annoying for me (except htop, because htop is god). Now I'll just write a new shell alias or function or script when I want something specific done and although the upfront effort is more, invoking it with a single command every time sure beats punching through an arcane sequence of shortcuts
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