a standard File Manager API

Robert Martin robertltux at gmail.com
Mon Oct 23 02:53:49 EEST 2006

On 10/22/06, Fred Drake <fdrake at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/22/06, Marcos <bugshideout at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > A generic File Manager API is another missing standard.
> >
> > It would be nice if, just like in MSWindows, one could implement in any application basic file
> > functions like "delete, rename, propreties".
> What's interesting about these operations?  I expect some/all of the following:
> - veto the operation
> - extend the operation to perform additional changes
> - provide additional file properties that are only associated with
> specific applications (version control, backup applications, whatever)
> This suggests that any application used to manage files might need to
> ensure participation of extensions.
> I don't know about you, but I still do most of my file management from
> a command line, though I use Gnome and an occaissional KDE
> application.  Unless "rm", "cp", "ln" and the rest of  the tools I
> happen to use play nice with these things, I don't see how the
> situation is improved.  That suggests to me that extending a file
> manager isn't what's needed; we need to be able to plug bits into the
> filesystem implementation to allow real operations to be extended.
> I think that could be interesting, though difficult to do effectively.
>  It's also less useful from the application perspective, because that
> ties application functionality to the specific filesystem selected,
> defeating portability.
> So, interesting, but not particularly feasible.  Perhaps I don't
> understand what use case you're trying to address?
>   -Fred
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What i would like to see is a Common File Browser (dialog) so that if
im in GNOME i have a sane file browser (for some reason on my KDE
system the only tool that mounts my PPC has a Gnome file browser)

Robert L Martin

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