[Thunar-dev] Thunar Extension Framework

Lindsay Holmwood lindsay at holmwood.id.au
Mon Sep 12 11:10:25 CEST 2005

Ori Bernstein wrote:
> Maybe not for version one, but I think that it would be really interesting to
> allow extensions to define "virtual files" and "virtual directories", in
> addition to adding menu items and such.
> Use cases that I can see would be allowing programs like "Beagle" to provide
> virtual folders as a plubin, which would contain running [saved] queries, or to
> allow navigation within a tarball, or maybe some sort of "directory unifier"
> plugin, to allow displaying all document directories across the computer as
> one directory, and many other interesting uses.
> Of course, this is just an idea that I think would be cool to have.

That's quite a neat idea. I could see that type of filesystem 
abstraction being rather helpful for sysadmins who want to dumb down or 
even restrict the filesystem heirarchy to users.

It'd also be pretty rad if you could view all the changes you make 
throughout your home dir, grouped in directories by date. Would work a 
treat if you were a heavy desktop icons/folder user.

The fact that there'll be language bindings will make it a cinch to 
implement too. Something to hack on if I have spare time. :-)


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