[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#740879: thunar: Provide some "empty" space in Detailed List view to easily access right-click menu and deselect all

David Z unimportantdavidz at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 18:32:39 UTC 2014

Package: thunar
Version: 1.2.3-4+b1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: upstream

This is something that's bugged me in many file managers, that I would love to
see fixed!

I often make use of the right-click menu to, say, Create New Folder, or even
just click in empty space to deselect all so that I can check the disk's free
space on the Status Bar. In Detailed List View (my preferred view), thunar does
not provide any "empty" space in the window to access these functions easily.
This also make "dragging" other files to a destination much more difficult if
the destination directory uses this view.

Granted, these functions have workarounds - "Edit" --> "Select by Pattern
(Ctrl+S)" with a blank pattern entered will deselect all, but that's counter-
intuitive. And of course Create New Folder is always available from the "File"
menu. But I think having these functions accessible easily with the mouse would
be a big useability improvement!

I would propose just having one line's worth of "empty" space at the bottom of
the Detailed List View to fill this role, or possibly, allow for some "empty"
space to the right of the used columns (this latter would probably be much more
difficult to implement, if not impossible, but would have the benefit of not
requiring the user to scroll).

Thanks for all the wonderful work you folks do on this excellent software, and
please let me know if there's anything more I can do to help implement
something to this end!

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.4
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages thunar depends on:
ii  desktop-file-utils  0.20-0.1
ii  exo-utils           0.6.2-5
ii  libatk1.0-0         2.4.0-2
ii  libc6               2.13-38+deb7u1
ii  libcairo2           1.12.2-3
ii  libdbus-1-3         1.6.8-1+deb7u1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2    0.100.2-1
ii  libexo-1-0          0.6.2-5
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0  2.26.1-1
ii  libglib2.0-0        2.33.12+really2.32.4-5
ii  libgtk2.0-0         2.24.10-2
ii  libgudev-1.0-0      175-7.2
ii  libice6             2:1.0.8-2
ii  libnotify4          0.7.5-1
ii  libpango1.0-0       1.30.0-1
ii  libsm6              2:1.2.1-2
ii  libthunarx-2-0      1.2.3-4+b1
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0      4.8.1-1
ii  libxfce4util4       4.8.2-1
ii  shared-mime-info    1.0-1+b1
ii  thunar-data         1.2.3-4

Versions of packages thunar recommends:
ii  dbus-x11        1.6.8-1+deb7u1
ii  gvfs            1.12.3-4
ii  libfontconfig1  2.9.0-7.1
ii  libfreetype6    2.4.9-1.1
ii  thunar-volman   0.6.1-1
ii  tumbler         0.1.25-1+b1
ii  xdg-user-dirs   0.14-1
ii  xfce4-panel     4.8.6-4

Versions of packages thunar suggests:
ii  thunar-archive-plugin     0.3.0-4
ii  thunar-media-tags-plugin  0.2.0-1

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