File managers (ROX Deficit)

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Tue Jul 12 17:16:04 CEST 2005

edscott wilson garcia wrote:
>>For 1) I sometimes use the gnome-search-tool from Gnome (part of the "bits 
>>of gnome/gtk"). But usually, I just use "find" from the command line.
>>For 2) Rox is the only file manager I know (on Linux) that uses the file 
>>system extended attributes. You can attach a custom mime type to a file, 
>>if you wish, using an extended attribute. It also supports the file 
>>"magic" method.
>>The xffm I find to be very slow.
> Actually, that's not xffm but the GtkTreeView widget that's slow.

GtkTreeView itself is pretty fast. List/Treeviews in applications are 
usually slowed down by using unsuited renderers (e.g. 
GtkCellRendererText and GtkCellRendererPixbuf are ok for most cases, but 
atleast the latter is not necessarily the best choice for a 
list/treeview in a file manager, as the model must provide the whole 
icon, scaled to the proper size and combined with the emblems) and the 
use of generic data containers like GtkListStore or GtkTreeStore for 
large models.


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