Thunar

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Thunar is a new file manager that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and easy-to-use. It is a part of Xfce4, but can be used with various standalone window managers.

Installation

To install, simply run:

Template:Cli

If you are running Xfce4, you will probably already have Thunar.

Plugins and Addons

Many of these plugins are part of the xfce4-goodies group, so if you have downloaded it, you will probably have all of these anyway.

Thunar Volume Manager

While Thunar can support automatic mounting and unmounting of removable media, the Thunar Volume Manager allows extended functionality, such as auto-running commands or automatically opening a Thunar window for mounted media.

Requirements

Please note that, to work correctly, the Thunar Volume Manager requires Dbus and HAL to be running. Note: Thunar-volman's automount doesn't work currently because of the hal to udev switch, Sept 2010. See section on udev Automounting.

Installation

It can be installed by running:

Template:Cli

Configuration

It can also be configured to execute certain actions when cameras and audio players are connected. After installing the plugin:

  1. Launch Thunar and go to Preferences
  2. Under the 'Advanced' tab, check 'Enable Volume Management'
  3. Click configure and make desired changes (see below for an example)

Here's an example setting for making Amarok play an audio CD.

Multimedia - Audio CDs: amarok --cdplay %d

Tips and Tricks

Starting in Daemon Mode

Thunar may be run in daemon mode. This has several advantages including a faster startup for Thunar as well as Thunar running in the background and only opening a window when necessary (for instance, when a flash drive is inserted).

One option is to autostart it using Template:Filename or an autostart script (such as Openbox's Template:Filename). It is up to you to decide the best way to start it, and this option can be run from a script or run directly as a command in the terminal.

To run it in daemon mode, simply add to your autostart script or run from the terminal:

Template:Cli
Eliminating Conflicts

If you have hal and autofs running at the same time, you will have a lock in hal-mtab. To avoid this, use only one of them.

If you cannot get automount running and start your window manager via Template:Filename you maybe want to change the start line for your window manger from

Template:Cli

to

Template:Cli
Setting the Icon Theme

When using Thunar outside of Gnome or Xfce, certain packages and configurations that control which icons are used may be missing. Window Managers like Awesopme and Xmonad do not come with XSettings managers, which is where Thunar looks first for it's icon setting. It is possible install and run xfce-mcs-manager from a startup script if many Xfce4 and Gnome applications are going to be used. The gtk-icon-theme-name setting for gtk2 can be set for a user by adding something like the following to Template:Filename:

gtk-icon-theme-name = "Tango"

Of course, just installing the gnome-icon-them package will give Thunar an icon theme to use other than the default paper icon for all items.

Template:Cli

Thunar Archive Plugin

The Thunar Archive Plugin is a frontend to file archive software such as File Roller, Ark, or Xarchiver to allow a simple, consistent interface to opening and decompressing archives.

Installation

It can be installed by running:

Template:Cli

Thunar Media Tags Plugin

The media tags plugin will display detailed information about media files. It supports ID3 (the MP3 file format's system) and Ogg/Vorbis tags. It also has a bulk renamer and allows editing of media tags.

Installation

It can be installed by running:

Template:Cli

Thunar Thumbnailers

The aim of the Thunar Thumbnailers project is to provide thumbnail generation for media formats that are neglected by other thumbnailers. If you want thumbnails and deal with media formats that are not compatible with other thumbnailers, use this. For a full list of supported formats, see the project page.

Installation

It can be installed by running:

Template:Cli

Thunar Shares

The Thunar Shares Plugin allows you to quickly share a folder using Samba from Thunar without requiring root access.

Installation

Install thunar-shares-plugin package from the AUR.

Configuration

as root user:

This marks the named objects for automatic export to the environment of subsequently executed commands:

 Template:Cli

This creates the usershares directory in var/lib/samba:

 Template:Cli

This makes the group sambashare:

 Template:Cli

This changes the owner of the directory and group you just created to root:

 Template:Cli

This changes the permissions of the usershares directory so that users in the group sambashare can read, write and execute files:

 Template:Cli

Using your favorite text editor as root, create the file Template:Filename

 Template:Cli

Use this Template:Filename configuration file: Template:File

Save the file and then add your user to the group sambashares replacing "your_username" with the name of your user:

 Template:Cli

Restart Samba:

 Template:Cli

Log out and log back in. You should now be able to right click on any directory and share it on the network.

To have samba start at boot, add samba to daemons in your Template:Filename file.

For more infomration, visit the Samba wiki page.

udev Automounting

Thunar and XFCE4 are in transition to using the kernel udev architecture for detecting and automounting removable media. 18:42, 5 February 2011 (EST)

Install Thunar as usual, but be sure to include the user in the 'storage' group of Template:Filename.

Template:Cli

In the user's Template:Filename, include ck-launch-seassion and dbus-launch before the startxfce4 command.

Template:File

Links and References