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The best file manager is your terminal.

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@mike Possibly, until you try and remove a symlink and end up deleting the files inside the dest dir.
(I did have a backup, thankfully)

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@sirvertalot I've never done that, but I have had a folder selected when I hit the delete button that had too many files to go into the Recycling Bin (Windows something at the time) that cost me GB of data with no backups. After that I only ever put shortcuts on my desktop, never the actual stuff.

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@mike how is that in any way controversial, that's just a brute fact :)

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@mike Best file manager is paper copies in a bookcase

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@pbanks Seems like that might get pretty heavy to move around for my video collection.

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@mike We should transfer it all to Super 8/Super 16.

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@pbanks @mike *cries in 100GB porn collection with 23730 images*

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@mike I installed vifm and ranger but honestly I use more the terminal.

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@mike But somehow not on windos. I swear, I tried at least two times to switch to cmd/powershell for file managing. On Linux I'm fine with terminal (most of the time).

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@sanchez @mike
$ls
ls: Command not found
$alias ls=dir
alias: Command not found
Grrrr...

@jforseth210 Try powershell. ls works there without any aliasing.

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@sanchez Honestly, WSL has really helped me in situations like that. Can't use the DOS anymore, but that still bridges the gap enough for me to still use it.

@mike I guess, you use WSL for other uses. Seems like overkill for file managing alone.

@sanchez I probably use it in the worst way it could be used. I do use it for file management and some other small things, but it's been the best terminal app for me. I just don't like other apps in Windows. I used to use PuTTY, but I just found I liked WSL better. That's a horribly stupid thing to use WSL for, but it works for me.

@mike If you can use it in productive way it's good use. 👌

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@mike I think ZUIs never got a fair shake in file management.

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@mike
I do like my gui filemanagers or a file manger like ranger that runs in the terrminal, but i have to agree, just cd comands and that hole package gets you really quite far, and when all the gui file mangers don't wanna coperait for sone reason, the terminal is alwayd there and willing to help

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@mike
Sometimes that only reason to open up a graphical file manager is for the unarchiving feature because hell no, I won't learn every command for every archival file type.

Although, I should.

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@rebel_luddite Hmm, it's never been a problem, but then I work with almost exclusively .tar.gz or .zip, and it's easy to remember how to deal with those two. Especially since I'm usually using Linux on a remote host and a GUI isn't even an option in that case without SFTPing the file to my desktop, uncompressing it, and then SFTPing all the files back. That's a much, MUCH worse option.

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@mike
Hah, those are the exact two I don't have a problem with. I think they are as universal as they get.

I was looking around my files to try to find an example, but I don't have them anymore.

Anyways, it is a trifle. I will force myself to look up the filetype next time and learn to properly manipulate it.

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@rebel_luddite @mike I just use tldr for this

@mike yep, but if I'm batch renaming stuff, I'm still gonna use Gnome's file manager— which I really miss cause I moved to KDE now for a bit of free RAM

@bredlof Hm, I haven't done that in a GUI for years. I usually just inline some bash code really quick. GUI is probably easier in that case though.

@bredlof @mike Magic trick, doing it with qmv or ranger is way faster.

@sotolf qmv is amazing, didn't know such tool exists, doesn't quite solve my problem though when renaming for example a bunch of files with numbers like a series of video, but I feel I'd be using it someday.

I haven't used vim for a long time, not sure if ranger is something I can learn easily

@bredlof with qmv it opens in vim, so you can easily do increments with ctrl+a and other normal vim shortcuts though, I'm doing all my text editing as well in vim though so it's probably faster for me.

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@mike

Especially when you learn to use the pushd and popd commands, then you will never waste your time hovering your mouse between directories again!

Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a hypocrite with the advice I give.

I don't do half the things I suggest.

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@mike That's why I use Dophin with the terminal enabled. So I can easily jump from the terminal to the GUI and vice-versa.

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@mike how is that controversial??

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@mike Usualy it is, especially when I use it with mc, but sometimes I need a GUI. For example, when renaming files with spaces...

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@sombragris @mike why.. why do you need a GUI to rename files with spaces?!

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@metalune @mike I don't. It's just easier for me that way when what I need is just some minor edit to the file name.

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@sombragris @mike oooh ok, you do you :)

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@mike 1. terminal, 2. dolphin, 3. thunar

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@mike Do you have that opinion because you accidentally overwrote the other, noncontroversial opinion? 😂

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@mike hmm I think I have to agree to some extent.

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@mike how dare

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@mike why is this trying to protect people from a “Controversial Opinion?” Are people really that delicate these days?

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@cbush It's mostly a joke. The controversial opinion part anyway. The bit about the terminal is true.

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@mike Ah! Thought Mastodon auto added that. I didn’t realize it was a manual thing. Lol

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@mike Another controversial opinion: It would be nice if we could point out that powerful tools that include a learning curve are useful without needing content warnings.

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