For no reason whatsoever, I decided to check out the package
referenced in Bug #892725 that hit my inbox this evening. Spacefm:
Bug#892725: RFS: spacefm/1.0.6-1
Am putting it out here since spacefm only had 3 total mentions in a
very large inbox, with that request for support above being one of the
I've already installed and played for a few seconds. Install size was
~4MB when a handful of suggested packages were added on with.
spacefm wants to do things like install a plugin from a URL. I
clicked, and it said that wget would move things along there. Made my
eyes go wider for being a pretty cool, unexpected interactive.
A quick fake run generated a progress box at the bottom of the spacefm
window. To-do for me would be to learn if and/or where it stores
history of that kind of activity.
You can get straight to a root user terminal via "File > Root
Terminal". And, ooohhh, "File > Root Window" gets you a spacefm
instance for root user. VERY handy, often needed, very *trick*.. :)
Yes, those are features available in various ways already. With
spacefm, they're right there handy where I instead often find myself
moving outside of a file manager in order to do those very things.
"Devices > Show Devices" displays *all* devices where often expected
to the left. I LIKE seeing the actual device in addition to the label.
I am ALWAYS having to track that detail down for one thing or another,
but it might be bothersome "noise" for others.
"View > Design Mode" says: "Design Mode allows you to change the name,
shortcut key and icon of menu, toolbar and bookmark items, show help
for an item, and add your own custom commands and applications.
To open the Design Menu, simply right-click on a menu item, bookmark,
or toolbar item. To open the Design Menu for a submenu, first close
the submenu (by clicking on it)."
I clicked around some more. I may be overreacting, but it looks like
it would be really easy to mess something up pretty badly if you're
brand new at this.
In fact, nope, not overreacting. I just messed up permissions on
something that fast. "Right click > Properties > Quick > [pick a
choice]". I did, and it changed permissions on something without
balking... because I was in my user's /home directory.
OOPS, just did it again. THIS time I locked myself out of something in
/home directory. It did let me choose again and at least halfway fix
what I broke.
PLEASE: If any newbies test drive this, PLEASE backup *and* know how
to recover fouled up data before you play...
A snippet captured from the middle of "apt-cache show":
+++ BEGIN ABOUT SPACEFM +++
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4),
libffmpegthumbnailer4v5, libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0
(>= 2.41.1), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.24.0), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.18.0),
libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libstartup-notification0 (>= 0.4),
libudev1 (>= 183), libx11-6, spacefm-common (= 1.0.5-2),
Suggests: udevil, eject, lsof, wget, ktsuss, gksu, sshfs, dbus
Conflicts: spacefm-gtk3, spacefm-hal
Breaks: spacefm-common (<< 1.0.5-2~)
Description-en: Multi-panel tabbed file manager - GTK2 version
SpaceFM is a multi-panel tabbed file and desktop manager for Linux with
built-in VFS, udev or HAL-based device manager, customizable menu system
and bash integration.
A descendant of PCManFM, SpaceFM's aims are to be bugfixed, efficient
(mainly C), hugely customisable (change and add to the GUI as you go
with Design Mode), powerful without scaring off newer users (due to
customisation), independent of particular distributions and desktop
environments, and device management featureful enough to replace the
various udisks-based *kits when used alongside udevil.
Other highlights include optional desktop management, smart queuing
of file operations, user plugins and the ability to carry out specific
commands as root.
+++ END ABOUT SPACEFM +++
Yeah, panels, too. Four that I saw. They come and go at the poke of a button.
*shiny new toy*
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA
* runs with duct tape *