#218 Tree view, Places and split view



I'd like to ask if it could be possible to have the tree view and places laid out like KDE Dolphin does: you can make visible only one of then at a time or both stacked one on top the other. I'd too like to have the option of not to show the user home directory in tree view as I think it's not necessary when you have the global tree. It may be better just to show the tree and initially show the user home directory selected. As a final wish, ¿could split view be implemented? I use it a lot of more than tabs and I find it a very useful thing.

This are the only thing preventing me from using PCManFM as my default file manager. I know there are priorities, but I'd like to hear from you if any of this wishes have any chance of being implemented in the near future.

I want to finish giving thanks to the team behind PCManFM for all the good work done.



  • Cousteau

    Requests 1 and 2 could be solved by adding a Nautilus-like tree view, which sort of combines the two views: you have your home directory, root filesystem, and mounted units as top hierarchies. A "Bookmarks" top hierarchy could be added (is this starting to look too much like Explorer?). So the user would be offered with 3 options: places, tree ("/" only; no home), and extended tree.

    About the split view, yes, I'd like that too, but maybe it means adding a lot of code and that goes against the philosophy of a lightweight browser. Maybe if PCManFM implemented addons...

  • jcsl

    I'd prefer not to mix the tree view with other elements like "places" (that should show removable devices too when plugged like Dolphin does). That's something I don't like in Nautilus and Thunar (IIRC). It's a matter of taste, of course.

    I don't think that adding the split view means adding a lot of code. Code is already done, you only have to add a bit more to update the interface and reuse the existing code. If I knew C and GTK then I could look at the code and try to make a patch.

    Xfe is an example of light file manager with split view. Indeed, it has lots of options and it's still very light.

    • milestone: --> 1.3
  • alister.hood

    Thanks whoever implemented the split view.

    Just a comment on treeview/places splitting (I guess perhaps I should file a separate feature request): yes, this would be very much appreciated, but personally I only really need the places view to deal with removable drives, as the other places are available in the go and bookmarks menus, so it would be fantastic if removable drives could somehow be handled from the menus too.

  • jcsl

    Thank you very much for implementing this.