jamesh wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:44 am
What don't you like about the file manager? We do customise it, so would be useful to know what you think any problems are. I've just compared with Nemo and TBH, don't see a lot of difference. Very similar in look feel and feature set.
Mostly it's just because I'm very accustomed to Nemo. Digging through it, I suppose you're right that PCManFM has mostly the same feature set, but it's just a hair less ergonomic in every step of the way in my opinion.
For example, I wanted to create a new folder. In Nemo, there is a very clear "Create New Folder" icon that I can instantly recognise and hit, just like I've been doing for years since Windows 95's file manager. In PCManFM, there is no readily apparent toolbar button. I spent several minutes digging just now, as it SURELY has such a basic feature -- apparently it's under "File -> Create New -> Folder." UGH! That wasn't easy to find, and it's not very easy to hit with a single mouse click. Why does PCManFM break Create New Folder and Create New File out to a submenu of the File menu? Nested submenus are so much more difficult to hit with the mouse than just having the menu items directly under the File menu, as they are in Nemo. Nested submenus have a tendency to disappear on you as you slide your mouse to the right trying to get to over to the submenu and the item you want. Slide up or downwards too much while trying to get to it, and poof, the submenu drops away so you have to waste time bringing it back...
I wanted to do a file search, so I hit CTRL-F like I would in Nemo or Windows. But that doesn't work in PCManFM, instead it brings up a little text box for searching in the current folder. Why is CTRL-F a hot key for something that doesn't even need a hot key?? If I wanted to search for a single file in the current folder, I'd have just started typing letters, not CTRL-F. CTRL-F should bring up the recursive search function, but no, that's under CTRL-SHIFT-F in PCManFM apparently.
Sure, if I HAD to live with PCManFM (like on my wimpy RPi0W), I could learn all those little "idiosyncrazies" and deal with it. But how about when I click the "BACK" or "FORWARD" mouse buttons on my Logitech VX Nano to move forward and back in my file browsing history? Works great in Nemo, but PCManFM seems to think these special mouse buttons both mean "open the RENAME file window." WTF?!? When it did that, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Nemo is very similar, but slightly better than PCManFM in enough ways that it makes it well worth the download for my purposes, at least on my RPi4 where RAM is not so tight.