Topic: File manager
started by: shek196
Posted by shek196 on May 14 2008,14:37Hi,
May I know whether there is a file manager for DSL. How can I see Files inside my "c" drive. How to access "my document " that belong to Windows platform.
I hope someone would understand what I mean.
Please help me please. Thanks.
Posted by lucky13 on May 14 2008,14:48There are three file managers included in DSL.
1. dfm. This is the desktop file manager that puts icons on your desktop. It can also be used to nagivate and manage your entire file system.
2. emelfm. This is a twin-paned file manager launched from the filer icon in the tray. There's also a menu item for it in apps-tools (two menu items -- be careful when using it as root).
3. This is often overlooked as a file manager, but DSL comes with adequate command line tools for managing files and filesystems. It will pay off in the long run if you learn the basic commands for copying, moving, removing, mounting, etc., so you're able to manage your system in the absence of other tools.
Posted by kerry on May 15 2008,00:30
you forgot " mc " it's also there to make that command line easy.
Posted by lucky13 on May 15 2008,01:24
mc is no longer in the base.
Posted by kerry on May 15 2008,01:41
didn't know that, the last dsl i tested in virtualbox still had it. sorry my bag.
Posted by shek196 on May 15 2008,05:06
Thanks for the reply, I tried the dsl 4.2.5 intro.iso but I can't find it. Can you direct me further?
Is there anything to key in (say, command) to access the files you want?
Thanks again for the prompt reply.
Posted by lucky13 on May 15 2008,10:05I'm not sure what you're asking. Both emelfm and dfm have some basic MIME-type (file) associations so they open files with certain applications. You can change those associations to suit your needs.
If you're trying to access files from your hard drive, you need to mount the partition with the files. You can do that by right clicking over one of the desktop icons (those are part of dfm) or by opening emelfm and going to /mnt and finding the partition you want to mount and right clicking it (choose mount). If your hard drive has one partition for Windows (c: in Windows), it should be listed as /mnt/hda1. When you mount it, you'll be able to navigate its directories.
Posted by shek196 on May 15 2008,12:40
I have found the file manager, it is emelfm versio 0.9.2. Thanks.
I will try /mnt/hda1 tommorow, but what do you mean by mount, and how to mount?
Thanks again for the advise.
Posted by Juanito on May 15 2008,13:29In linux/unix type systems, storage devices are not automatically made available to the user to access. Before you can read/write to a storage device, you need to "mount" it - I guess this is a carry-over from the days of having to mount a reel-to-reel tape to store data.
There are several ways to mount a storage device - perhaps you could use emelfm, navigate to the device you would like to mount (eg /mnt/hda1), right-click on it and choose "mount". After this, you should be able to double-click on the device and see its contents.
Posted by shek196 on May 16 2008,01:23
Thanks for the info, I will try it out!