[Thunar-dev] Plugin idea

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue May 31 22:26:30 CEST 2005

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David wrote:

> Hello,
> I read in the archives that the project is going slow and someone
> is leaving, so I don't know if my message is usefull but I though
> it could never harm to tell my idea :) I think the GUI design of
> thunar is very good if not perfect ;)
> I like xfce and especially the xfce4-panel because default it is
> very small and fast but I can extend it very easy with plugins. I
> think this is also a good idea for thunar.
> For instance thunar should only be able to browse the filesystem
> using the gui like the current prototype. Also it should be able to
> check which filetype a file has. Than there are plugins which are
> seperated programs (and therefore it doesn't matter in which
> language they are written) who can associate themselve with
> filetypes. For the filetypes they are associated with you could
> execute the program by right clicking on the file and chose the
> plugin from the popup menu. To be more clear I will give two
> examples:
> A decompress plugin would associate itself with .bz2 .gz and .zip
> files. When you don't have this plugin installed the right click
> menu will be small and clean just like the panel but when it is
> installed if you click right on a compressed file you see the text
> decompress.
> A plugin for xmms could at two items for music files. When you
> right click on a mp3 or ogg file you see two items "enquee in xmms"
> and "play in xmms".
> Such an association file could look like [plugin] title=decompress
> program=/usr/bin/unzip filetypes=.zip
> I think this would make it easyer to write thunar and easyer to
> extend it.
> Please give me your opinion about this idee?

This idea really has nothing to do with plugins.  It's just a standard
mimetype association, which Thunar (or whatever it's going to be
called) will support.


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