Thursday, July 1, 2010

Customising Nautilus in Lucid Lynx

The new Nautilus is very annoying . The first thing i missed was the ability to type the path directly into the browser rather than keep clicking till I reach there. The location bar which was it is called, is just not available in default Nautilus installation (maybe just in my installation). It can be brought back temporarily with Ctrl+L, but its temporary. I want a permanent fix.

So, I had to manually modify the configurations options for Nautilus through gconf-editor. And I liked it. It gives explicit control over Nautilus. Everything can be changed. I had it look like Dolphin at some point of time. It shows how flexible Nautilus can be. The default installation is for the novices, to mimic the Windows explorer. I do not care about that.

So, lets see what changes we can do to Nautilus to make it outright funky.

I wrote these following options to a text file and saved it as nautilus.sh. Made it excutable (chmod 755) and ran it. It sets the values for Nautilus in gconf-editor.

gconftool-2 --set  --type  bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/start_with_toolbar False
gconftool-2 --set --type bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry True

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/nautilus/preferences/side_pane_view NautilusTreeSidebar
gconftool-2 --set --type bool /apps/nautilus/sidebar_panels/tree/show_only_directories True
gconftool-2 --set --type int /apps/nautilus/preferences/sidebar_width 300

gconftool-2 --set --type list --list-type string /apps/nautilus/list_view/default_visible_columns [name,size,permissions,date_modified]
gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/nautilus/preferences/date_format iso
gconftool-2 --set --type int /apps/nautilus/icon_view/thumbnail_size 160

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/nautilus/preferences/click_policy double


All the options are very self-explanatory, but let me elaborate on a few for the sake of completeness.

start_with_toolbar False - removes the annoying toolbar.
always_use_location_entry True - gives back my favourite location bar where I can type(more conveniently paste) the absolute path.
side_pane_view NautilusTreeSidebar - Shows the folder tree in sidebar (like Windows explorer).

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