[Thunar-dev] feature request: automatic detection of fuse-mounts in thunar's sidepane

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at xfce.org
Mon Apr 20 11:26:06 CEST 2009

On Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:09:45 +0200
Sandro Hannemann <shannemann at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear dev-list,
> I've been using thunar and xfce happily for some time now. It is
> great software. I've got a question about Thunar. I searched the
> archives and some documentation on your website, but could not find
> the information on the following thing.
> I use fusesmb to mount samba shares and sshfs to mount remote
> filesystems. In practice I configure "custom actions" in thunar to
> accomplish this and it works fine.
> So far so good.
> However, I noticed that many gtk-based programs, (like firefox,
> thunderbird, evince, gimp a.s.o) detect the fusesmb or sshfs mounts in
> a very comfortable way.
> Their 'file-open' and 'file-save-as' dialogue windows show the fuse
> mounts automatically and only in the case the shares are actually
> mounted on their left side pane in the list of places. So that got me
> thinking, whether it would be possible without too much hassle to do
> the same in thunar.
> The thing is only: I am no expert in gtk programming myself, so maybe
> you  guys could assess how much of a change that really would be.
> And I would be a really practical feature in Thunar.
> What do you think? Could you include this in thunar?
> Or am I just missing certain USE-flags or plugins to get that?
> Thanks for your patience and keep up your good work.

I don't know which version of GTK+ you're using but I assume that your
GTK+ dialogs show these mounts because you have GIO and GVfs installed.

I'm working on migrating Thunar from ThunarVFS to GIO at the moment, so
these features will be available in future versions of Thunar (either
1.2 or 1.4, but hopefully in 1.2). You can follow the status on my
weblog (gezeiten.org) and the wiki I've set up:


I suppose it'll take a few more months until it's all done and a new
version will be shipped.

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