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In the Thunar file manager, tree view does not expand for 'Network' section even once I click device name,

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It is possible to browse .gvfs, but it has problems with file deletion ('can not find trash directory') and sometimes with updating the list once the file was deleted.

In Thunar, adding smb://name_here/ to bookmarks disappears after restart.

Which file manager can handle windows share browsing in a nice way?

  • navigable tree view (top priority)
  • saved bookmarks (probably built-in, but not necessary, as "gigolo" does this as separate app)

This is how Windows does it

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Each network device ('Laptop', 'Desktop' in this case) is fully navigable using the tree view. This is how it worked since Windows 98 or so.


  • How to enable this function in Thunar?
  • Which other file managers support the function described? Please: do NOT add new answer if it's mentioned already, please expand an original answer instead. I expect a list of different file managers which do the job.
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Thunar is not a network file-manager, and this is done on purpose.

There is a workaround, as written in the the Thunar FAQ :

When will it support samba/network browsing?

Thunar is designed to be a file manager, not a network file system manager. [...]

Short answer: not any time soon unless you write it yourself.

For Linux users, and especially Xubuntu users, the following thread can help: Xubuntu How to: Thunar Native Windows Network Browsing. You will need fusesmb. For me it worked like a charm with Feisty.

If you prefer to use another file manager for better network browsing, nautilus for example, these articles may help :

nautilus set as default filemanager howto
10 File Managers for Linux

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I already can browse ~/.gvfs which is the mount point. What advantage does fusesmb give? – user89272 Feb 7 '12 at 11:34
I never tried fusesmb or used Xubuntu. I only quoted this because it might be useful. The important part is that Thunar as-is does not support Samba. Unless somebody else comes up with a better idea, I think you should simply choose some other less-minimal file-manager that better fits your needs. – harrymc Feb 7 '12 at 11:42
I am looking for an example of a file manager which works like what I need, rather than a link to "10 Linux file managers". If you don't know, second part of your advice has no merit - I already tried few and have no intention to go on randomly. – user89272 Feb 10 '12 at 2:46
The answer to your first question about Thunar is : Impossible. For the second, the answer is a matter of personal taste. For me nautilus is fine, but maybe not for you. – harrymc Feb 10 '12 at 6:43
Acknowledged. "thunar impossible" and "nautilus does this". +1. – user89272 Feb 14 '12 at 2:17

Gnome Commander do what you want... (Samba supported)

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Sorry, I need GUI. – user89272 Feb 10 '12 at 2:38
? There is a GUI (not fancy...) :) – climenole Feb 13 '12 at 18:03
Uh...? I mean treeview gui, sorry. It's pretty interesting, +1, though. – user89272 Feb 13 '12 at 22:52

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