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Dual Pane File Managers - visual folder comparison-managment
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gcmartin


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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 19:43    Post subject:  Dual Pane File Managers - visual folder comparison-managment  

Developers and Administrators are 2 groups of people who are constantly comparing the contents of 2 files/folders for any comparative differences.

And for many of us, from time to time we all do it.

In Microsoft, tools to do this stretch all the way back to Windows95 (over 16 years) and beyond (DOS Commander).

In Puppyland, we have not had tools to do this until recently thanks to the likes of 2 individuals.
muCommander requires JAVA and emelFM2 requires GTK2+.

I'm sure many users of all walks will find great benefit from the efforts of these FileManager (FM) contributions.

Praises! Very Happy

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Gnuxo

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 20:54    Post subject:  

I like EmelFM.
But why not a quad pane file manager similar to qdir?

I like being able to drag files between four windows.

Better yet why can't you just configure the amount of panes or their width or length to create the most efficient file manager for you?

Sorry for the rant.
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 21:37    Post subject:  

Gcmartin, do you mean to imply that one or both of those file managers can show directories which have subdirectories that contain many files, in a tree view that hides the files?

For example consider a library of mp3 audio books, each book comprised of many mp3 files, typically around 200 but sometimes more than a thousand. So a directory which is an author may contain several subdirectories, each of which is a book, each book (subdirectory) containing perhaps 200 or more mp3 files.

If I want to peruse such a library, I don't want to see the mp3 files, only the authors and their books in a tree view. I've been using tree -d to do this. It does just what I want, but, if there's another way I'd like to know about it. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 21:51    Post subject:  

Spacefm is quite good, has upto 4 panes and the rightclick menu can be fully customized the same way as Thunar custom commands
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 22:11    Post subject:  

How does one install SpaceFM? Is there a .pet for it?
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul 2012, 22:54    Post subject:  

Gnuxo wrote:
How does one install SpaceFM? Is there a .pet for it?


There is one in the Saluki PPM and technosaurus posted one here http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=606379#606379

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Jul 2012, 02:18    Post subject:  

Quote:
In Microsoft, tools to do this stretch all the way back to Windows95 (over 16 years) and beyond (DOS Commander).

In Puppyland, we have not had tools to do this until recently thanks to the likes of 2 individuals.


Ahem..

mc, Midnight Commander, has been in Linux for 5000 years (or so), and XFE has been available as a .pet for more than 5 years.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Jul 2012, 04:46    Post subject:  

Quote:
Ahem..


I used to use xtree (I think it was) a lot - it was always my first hard disk install, under DOS and possibly even under early Windows. In the early days of Puppy we used something other than Rox. Can not remember what. I think there is even an exact copy of xtree for Linux.

After using rox (I use two opens to transfer between directories) I have not really found a need for a file manager (some do). Whatever works for you Smile

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Jul 2012, 06:20    Post subject:  

http://168hours.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/10-total-commander-alternatives-for-linux/

Sunflower sound interesting:

http://code.google.com/p/sunflower-fm/

Atol

4Pane (Newer version available on 4Pane website)

DoubleCommander binary works on slacko.

As does the TuxCmd binary.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Jul 2012, 14:48    Post subject:  

Just a note of one of the features of the contributions I mentioned. (other FM tools may also have this feature, but, as of yet, I am not aware of the other tools. @Muggins, below post, makes an excellent article reference.)

If I have 2 folders visible using one of these tools, I can ask the tool to not only show me the differences, but also, make the folders identical....should I choose. Or, I can drag and drop freely from one to the other, as well, all within the same window on-screen.

(For example, I have found this an advantage when doing a remaster, where I can compare the stuff in the /tmp folders created by remaster with the actual folders that are part of the normal filesystem. This provided visual inspection and has been an enormous time-savior in my efforts to get my remasters right.)

And, there are other features that I have found useful and helpful that I do not get from the normal filemanagers (FM).

I'm not trying to push any FM over another. I am trying to bring awareness of a tool that might be useful should others wonder what those tools do to help us.

Here to help.

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PostPosted: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 16:12    Post subject:  

There is an older pet for Worker by Trapster. Even Lobster gave it a go.
The latest version is easy to compile though. Plenty of options to play with - fonts, colours, columns etc.
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 16:28    Post subject:  

If you like text mode, there is also Vifm. I used it for a long time but it lacked some pretty essential functions. At one point it made more sense to simply use Vim's navigator function -and that's as far as my geekery level has ever reached, I think Razz --.

In the forum there is also a small project called RoxSet, which opens two parallel Rox windows, giving you the best of both worlds. But it is just a bash script that automates the opening of two Rox instances, and in my computer did not work that well. It would be nice to have a two headed Rox...
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PostPosted: Tue 14 Oct 2014, 20:59    Post subject: EmelFM is worth to be known  

EmelFM is worth to be known. downloaded from puppy Lucid PPM. EmelFM is nice and easy to use.
Thunar replaced on XFCE Slacko because boring, very boring !
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PostPosted: Fri 17 Oct 2014, 05:21    Post subject: 4pane manager  

4pane manager

I think hosted by Scottman Akita's repo ? or through Ttuuxxx's Classic Pup ?

http://akita.scottjarvis.com/4pane-0.8.0-i386.pet

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Oct 2014, 17:25    Post subject:  

Anyone posting here of MultiPane FileManagers should post a link to any PETs which allow this feature. These are important to developers and users alike. I think most everyone understand the benefit(s).

I will update the opening post with such links to make the FileManagers/PETs easy to locate for community use.

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