[Thunar-dev] Sidebar of Thunar

Erlend Davidson E.R.M.Davidson at sms.ed.ac.uk
Sun Jul 8 01:35:17 CEST 2007

Mathias Brodala wrote:
> Hi Benjamin.
> Benjamin Weber, 08.07.2007 01:13:
>> Thunar is very small but very fast and has a lot of features.
>> A nice feature would be that the sidebar shows the user a changable
>> number of locations which the user often uses. You can understand this
>> like a Top 10 but the user can adjust the number of the shown locations.
>> This feature would be additional to the current shown locations. The
>> user can activate it if he need it.
> Dunno if I misunderstood, but you can already add new bookmarks by just dragging
> and dropping the directory’s icon into the bookmark-sidebar.
I think he means dynamic bookmarks... self-updating to show the 5 most 
used locations. Apparently Thunar 1.0 will have an upgraded extensions 
system, which will allow for new views - I'm not sure if this will also 
affect the sidebar.

With regards to the suggestion itself, how would you find out which 
directories are the most used? You could use the Recent Documents system 
but not all applications use it (although that's not a good reason for 
thunar not to use it); alternatively you could monitor which folders are 
visited by frequency (weighted by the length of time spent in that 
folder?) over the course of a week.

There would also be an issue with the naming of directories. My folder 
names tend to be short, and have little meaning on their own, e.g. src, 
which would be the sub-directory of a programming project I'm working on 
- showing me that the thee most used folders on my system are all called 
'src' isn't very helpful: I would need the full path, and that needs to 
be fitted into the GUI.


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