PCManFM 0.9.9 released! libfm 0.1.16 released!

PCManFM, the default file manager of LXDE, just got a new release. This application need libfm 0.1.16 to work and incidently that is also released today!

PCManFM has seen some significant improvements since the last release back in October 2010. Probably the most notable UI change is the reintroducation of the tree view in side pane that was removed in the rewrite.

pcmanfm-0.9.9.tar.gz, sha1: de7099f57d7139a3d184cd162e02f5f5601667ec
libfm-0.1.16.tar.gz, sha1: c3f4b10baa596ddfc09ae9efbd2c922a26114de8

Changelog for PCManFM
5cbad00 Explicitly link to libfm.
a672793 Fix #3094303 – Regression: Dnd to add folder to bookmarks is broken.
3c969e7 Focus folder view after switching page.
5089e13 Update to use latest libfm API. Fix #3300800 – Deletion prompt has no title.
fa7d474 Fix untranslatable messages.
792cf32 Make “%d items selected” status message translatable.
b282aec Fix #3308324 – “~ in locatio bar cause pcmanfm crash”. Fix #3286157 – “Entering path with two initial slashes // crashes”. Fix #3284001 – “Crash when entering path with trailing slash”. This is related to GTK+ bug #650114, which is already fixed.
813241d Add “Reload folder” to “View” menu.
8a2866f Apply patch #3135578 – Problems with the selection and opening a file.
11d77a6 Apply patch #3163496 – “Menu key to call context menu” with some modifications.
164a371 Apply patch #3301636 – Make slash and tilde activate location bar.
253bdaa Close tab page when the folder which it shows is deleted or unmounted.
fb74b05 Use a less problematic way to show “root mode” warnings.
9756804 Update statusbar text, volume info, and window title correctly for every pages.
792db54 Use enum values instead of integer values for bookmark open methods.
ca184dd Use new API: fm_folder_model_get_is_loaded().
32f6ac2 Rework tabbed-browsing again and create one separate GtkHPaned widget for every page.
ea5e99a Save side pane mode.
5c2f12d Fix free disk space display. Fix #3037825 – Bottom bar not updated.
9a84c1c Rework tabbed-browsing again and make the code cleaner.
25a6a7b Add correct version checks for libraries in configure.ac.
ff8faeb Deprecate fm_folder_get_for_path() API and use fm_folder_get() instead.
28a479b Rename variables for consistancy.
a1c270d Make status bar message more user-friendly and correct.
b4e898b Use new fm_path_entry_set_path() and fm_path_entry_get_path() APIs.
1dfc8e4 Fix #3114626 – PCManFM 0.9.9 Umount partitions problem.
30cf77f Prevent removing built ui files and fix #3181001 – data/ui/*.glade files missing in tarball .
c1f4b6c Set a proper default desktop font if the config value is lacking.
41ad5c3 Add a new config value tab_max_chars to limit the maximum width of tabs.
6240436 Rework tab browsing so we can have more tabs in available space just like the old pcmanfm 0.5 series.
b7a953d Little fix.
cac3de0 * Fix #3139753 – Create New asks for name of new “file” even for a new folder. * Update translations.
9197e75 Add “Create New” popup menu to “File” main menu. Close bug #3107416.
3d14164 Fix #3095516 – PCManFM does not write preferences from main menu.
13a4a38 Add checks for invalid enum values when loading config files.
6d95cbc Fix #3112447 – Daemon mode opens window.
376cc92 Update translations and fix #3114640 – PCManFM 0.9.9 Right-clic on desktop partly hard coded.
6033d80 Escape strings while passing through IPC.
d7d1289 Handle string arguments with prefix –.
1098cfe Little fixes.
cda6259 Reimplement a simpler yet cleaner IPC mechanism again.
cdf5dfc Support mouse button 8 and 9 for back and forward.
5715ba7 Fix #3094187 – Icons file no change when “Stick to Positon” is unchecked.
4e0e602 Trivial fix.
b2e074e Improve handling of backward compatibility for old config files.
2ed76de Fix #3085503 – always_show_tabs=1 don’t work.
b510014 Require correct version of libfm.
9afd9e1 Bump version number to 0.9.9. Fix #3071296 – pcman windows always show up on first desktop.
422e106 Apply patch #3089346 – Re-enbale fake transparency when using pcmanfm 0.9.X.
7fd8aba Use our own round() implementation to avoid using C99 only function.
248b813 Add missing file to data/Makefile.am

Changelog for libfm
c5595a9 Remove docs directory from make file
d036dce fixed makefile
d06d8a0 we need m4 folder
4c7b7a2 fix file authors
7f5466e added missing license header
d22b41f Try to fix Lubuntu bug #820865 – pcmanfm cut&paste a folder to a destination folder withouth write permission causes data loss. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pcmanfm/+bug/820865
2c8fdfb Trivial fix.
fe9ea77 Add missing license info and fix some build problems found by “make distcheck”.
3153210 * Bump ABI version with libtool -version-info to 1:0:0. * Update AUTHORS info.
9c49624 Fix #3094303 – Regression: Dnd to add folder to bookmarks is broken.
70e45ab Add optional window titles to commonly used dialogs provided by fm-gtk-utils.c. Fix #3300800 – Deletion prompt has no title.
94d9f4e Fix untranslatable messages.
d20b968 Make menu of side pane translatable.
37eee68 Apply patch #3301641 – Typing “~” in location bar loads root folder.
89630cf API changed: fm_folder_get_is_loading() -> fm_folder_get_is_loaded(), fm_folder_model_get_is_loading() -> fm_folder_model_get_is_loaded(). Add fm_folder_view_get_is_loaded(). Correctly update popup menu of FmSidePane when mode is changed.
cd79d62 Add missing g_object_ref.
8a69a3d Little fixes.
90c685c Add “changed”, “removed”, “content-changed”, and “fs-info” signals to FmFolder and add filesystem size query to FmFolder.
c076d3e Check for correct required versions of libraries in configure.ac.
d3f856f Little fix for dir tree.
1d09555 Include proper headers.
29bf2a1 Add FmSidePane class for a better implementation of side pane.
b54f630 Some fixes for FmDirTreeView.
c1b0d37 Add FmDirTreeView and FmDirTreeModel to implement directory tree for left pane.
7915d1f Add new API: fm_path_depth().
682f9e2 Add new API: fm_file_info_is_hidden() and have FmFolderModel use it. Remove the unused API fm_folder_get_for_path().
fe1854e Implement %k field code for Exec key according to desktop entry spec.
debea4a Little fix for statusbar message in demo program.
03ec420 Fix #3093778 – Pasting empty string causes copying “/” to current folder.
db84c10 Remove the useless “status” signal from FmFolderView and add some APIs for accessing data members.
180db97 Update comments.
3bdd675 Add a FmPathEntryModel custom tree model for FmPathEntry to save memory.
8003719 Little fix for cancellable.
392601b Use another way to implement auto-completion for path entry and try to utilize most existing functionality provided by gtk+.
d53456f Rework FmPathEntry and make it simpler and faster.
d500b33 Add a simple and basic implementation of button-style path bar.
197c7e1 Fix #3086703 – PCManFM crashes on non existent directories.
61443ac Fix #3115734 – Copying to long path names.
26062bb * Do chdir to / if cwd is under the mounted filesystem which is going to be unmounted. * Fix #3114626 – PCManFM 0.9.9 Umount partitions problem.
2243156 Fix #3127903 – Fails to give permission denied error when overwriting.
2f61ade Fix reference of invalid widget pointer in properties dialog.
415083d Prevent removing built ui files and fix #3181001 – data/ui/*.glade files missing in tarball.
883793d Show tooltips for tab labels when the label text is ellipsized.
3204482 * Use a forward compatible way to register uri scheme handlers as in glib >= 2.27. * Fix #3094197 – Prepare deprecation of the gio module.
67375dd Fix #3132262 – Crash when trying to restore files from trash.
17511bd Fix #3148077 – Latest pcmanfm/libfm crashes when trying to open /proc/self/fd/ (or its symlink /dev/fd/). In this same system nautilus opens that directory fine.
0f04125 Fix #3143296 – spaces are still (or again) not escaped in paths to execute.
36dfad2 Fix #3135910 – “Extract here” doesn’t handle space and encoding characters.
d419535 Add some macros to validate enum values.
1b2560c Changed order of typedeffing enums and declaring them – for C++ compatibility
cf8446b Do further checks for scripts.
1a249bf List “gobject-2.0” in configure.ac explicitly.

Upcoming releases

LXDM 0.4.0 was just released. Get the file at sourceforge.

But that is not the only thing happening in LXDE land. Next week we will do at least three releases if nothing special happens. PCManFM, libfm and LXDM.

PCManFM and libfm has been in development with no updates since last October and the much sought after feature of a directory tree has returned.

LXDM will “just” be a service release to get more translations into shape; Esperanto makes its first appearance in an LXDE component by this. Happy times. All three components are scheduled for release at the 27th of July.

The best guess by now is that more components will get releases in the coming weeks, some of them has seen no releases for years but has seem interesting features hidden in the git HEAD.

UPDATE!
LXDM 0.4.0 had an error in the release, there has been a new release dubbed LXDM 0.4.1 to fix this issue and include the l10n updates as mentioned above.

PCManFM 0.9.1 + libfm 0.1.1 Alpha

Today, new alpha releases of PCManFM and libfm were made.

Again, let me show you the screenshot first.

Here are highlights of this release:

  1. Auto-mount for removable devices and and “Auto-run” dialog. (Finally we have this!)
  2. Support ‘menu://applications/’ to show installed applications in pcmanfm. (needs lxmenu-data) (reported to be a little bit buggy?)
  3. Support ‘menu://applications/DesktopSettings/’ to show configuration tools. This just acts like control center. (only when you have lxmenu-data installed)
  4. “Open in terminal” now works for folders on desktop
  5. “Create New” is working on desktop.
  6. The color of location bar is changed when pcmanfm is executed with root user.
  7. Fix command line argumnent-related bugs.
  8. Fix sorting related bugs
  9. New configure option: –enable-debug
  10. Some minor bugs were fixed.

Please get it heavily tested.

Cheers!

Exciting improvements in libfm and PCMan File Manager

Recently libfm, the core of next generation file manager, underwent heavy development and rapid changes. Here are some exciting highlights.

  1. The repository was completely moved from svn to git now.
    You can grab the latest source code with following command line:
    git clone git://libfm.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/libfm
  2. Drag and drop now works! You can even drag and drop between two different remote filesystems.
  3. Clipboard handing is greatly improved. Files cut/copied in GNOME/Nautilus, XFCE/Thunar, and even KDE/Dolphin can now be correctly pasted in libfm.
  4. Now libfm correctly mounts remote filesystems on demand.
  5. Basic bookmark support was added.
  6. File associations (default application for file types) can now be changed in properties dialog.
  7. Partial auto-completion for path entry
  8. Moving files now works, but error handling is not yet implemented.
  9. Now errors are correctly reported when the loading of folders failed.

Now we’re more and more closer to our goals, to build a modern, fast, and lightweight file manager supporting gio/gvfs for LXDE. After the core library, libfm, is finished, the development of the next major release of PCManFM will be started. This will fix various old bugs in the original 0.5.x series and provide full access to remote filesystems. So stay tunned and get it well-tested!

Last but not the least, developers are wanted! Please join us if you like LXDE and you know gtk+ and gio programming in C language.

Recent Advancement on libfm (core of next generation pcmanfm).

Everybody loves screenshots!

Libfm can access remote filesystems now.
Libfm can access remote filesystems now.

Look! It’s sftp://.

By utilizing glib/gio and gvfs, now libfm can access remote filesystems supported by gvfs. Currently there is no auto-mounting. So when testing libfm, you need to mount the filesystems with gvfs-mount manually. However this should work once libfm is finished.

The current source code in svn repositoy can already work as a good filesystem browser. However other parts are not yet finished so it’s not fully working. Anyways, browsing local and remote filesystems already works.

For those who claimed that gio and gvfs are heavy and slow, please try libfm. Although it uses gio/gvfs in several parts, the speed and memory usage are still quite acceptible. Sometimes programs using gio and gvfs can be slow, but libfm is not slow at all. Nor will the next generation pcmanfm be slow. Please give it a try and you’ll see it.

The project page of libfm: http://sourceforge.net/projects/libfm

Next generation PCManFM is now under development!

Everybody loves screenshots!
This is the little demo program included in libfm demonstrating the functionality of libfm – the core of next generation PCManFM.

libfm-demo

Due to some limitations and various hard-to-fix problems in the original PCManFM, a new project is started to work on a fresh rewrite of PCManFM. Now I’ve created a project named libfm. It’s a gio-based library used to develop file manager-like programs.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/libfm

This will be the core of next generation PCManFM. Currently the work that has been done is in branches.  It contains a simple demo program named libfm-demo. Most of the menu items in this demo program are not working.

Currently it can only listed the files on your disk. No other operations are avaiable since they haven’t been written yet. I’ll work hard to finish it and hope the first really usable release can be made before 2010.  The project is in its very early stage, but you can see the progress here.

http://cia.vc/stats/project/libfm

After finished, the lib will be separated into two parts, libfm and libfm-gtk.  The former is a generic non-gui library, and the later provides useful file manager-related widgets.

The roadmap of PCManFM is updated, too. Those are the tasks to finish.

http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM_Roadmap

If someone is willing to help, that’ll be appreciated. Help is wanted!!

PCManFM: OpenSolaris distribution Milax with LXDE component

The first LXDE component has been included in an OpenSolaris distribution. Milax includes PCMan File Manager in its new release. The LXDE/OpenSolaris project was started last year. Alfred Peng from China is responsible for porting LXDE components to OpenSolaris.

Milax OpenSolaris with LXDE components

Links:

* http://www.milax.org/?p=218

* PCManFM http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM

* http://opensolaris.org/os/community/desktop/communities/lxde/

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/OpenSolaris

Mario Behling is a German born serial entrepreneur. He founded the lubuntu project, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he supports communities to develop open technologies for social change. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.

PCManFM: PCMan File Manager Video by Maces

Maces has made a number of videos presenting some of the core components of LXDE. The videos are in English. Additionally he produced a German version for each component. The first video is about the LXDE Filemanager, PCManFM.

PCMan File Manager (PCManFM) is a file manager application developed by Hong Jen Yee from Taiwan which is meant to be a replacement for Nautilus, Konqueror and Thunar. Released under the GNU General Public License, PCManFM is free software. PCManFM is the standard file manager in LXDE which is also developed the same author in conjunction with other developers. (Version 21 August 2008, at 18:07 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCManFM)

Video Link: http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVoNOETS6U
Maces Blog Post Link: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/05/kurzvorstellung-pcmanfm
Project Page: http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net

Mario Behling is a German born serial entrepreneur. He founded the lubuntu project, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he supports communities to develop open technologies for social change. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.