[Thunar-dev] Writing a "Semantic" plugin for Thunar

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at xfce.org
Wed Jan 5 21:21:46 CET 2011


On Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:45:42 +0000
Robert Rothenberg <robrwo at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I would like the ability to tag arbitrary files with keywords, and to
> browse the filesystem by keywords rather than directories.
> An extension for tagging files seems straightforward to write. (Before
> I embark on this, is anyone else working on a similar project?)

It can be done e.g. by registering context menu actions and/or an
additional page in the file properties dialog.

> However, from reading the section on Thunar extensions, it looks like
> there is no way to implement a keyword browsing interface from within
> Thunar. That would still require a separate application. Am I correct
> in assuming that?

That's a correct assumption. Plugins can register

  - context menu actions (like the archive plugin does)
  - additional pages in the file properties dialog (like the exif
    plugin does)
  - new menu items in the Edit menu (the custom user actions plugin
    does this)
  - additional renamers (like the thunar media tags plugin does for
    media files with meta data)

and that's it at the moment. 

  - Jannis
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