elementary tends to take a perspective of "why?" rather than "why not?". Coding and supporting a feature like placing an icon view over the wallpaper takes time to design, code, test, etc. This would be a significant time investment and they don't currently feel that this feature is more important than the others they are working on. It also carries ...
I installed gnome-search-tool:
sudo apt-get install gnome-search-tool
Create find.contract in /usr/share/contractor and add to the entry:
Exec=gnome-search-tool --path=%f %U
After these steps, I can use advanced search in any folder.
While Daniel Foré adequately explains the design decision, it does not answer the actual question. You can get the old desktop paradigm back by installing the Nautilus file manager (part of the Gnome project). Also Nautilus will appear inside Slingshot as a second, alternative filemanger to Pantheon Files.
Install Nautilus without all the related Gnome ...
I highly suggest you to try Synapse launcher.
It's basically an alternative application launcher that can search for files as well as applications. It just sits there in wingpanel and gets activated once you press the keyboard shortcut : Ctrl+Space (which you can modify to be anything you want to). You can add and remove extensions so it searches for ...
Yes there is, it's called xdg-open and should be installed by default.
You can read more about it in ArchWiki:
xdg-open is a desktop-independent tool for configuring the default applications of a user. Many applications invoke the xdg-open command internally.
Inside a desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, or Xfce), xdg-open simply passes the ...
Take a look in the following files:
This files are created by the xdg-user-dir tool. The .dirs file have the actual names of the default user folders, and the .locale file keeps the language they are set.
If you can't find the .locales file, you've likely checked "don't ask to change the names again" in ...
As cifs is kind of foreign concept to Linux, you cannot always use common Linux tools to change things like owner or permissions (especially regarding network shares). To get write access to your share, you will need to add options to your /etc/fstab entry, more specific the options uid and gid. Currently, the user root is mounting your network share during ...
google-drive-ocamlfuse is what you want.
It integrates Google Drive as a removable drive into Pantheon Files and/or Nautilus. It is free too.
Find detailled info on how to set it up (and to automatically mount at startup) here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/09/mount-google-drive-in-linux-with-google.html
Only issues I have is that it feels kinda slow (I ...
Although this question is quite old, there is a more acceptable answer for the OP's question now. Appcenter has an application called Desktop folder now, which you can install and use.
This will allow you to put things/files/folders on your desktop in elementary OS, and is much cleaner than installing something like ...
You can use Screenlets, which comes with a folder view Screenlet.
To install it simply run:
sudo apt-get install screenlets
Or install it from the Software Centre.
Once it is installed, run screenlets
You will see this:
Double-Click on folder view, or, select it, then click Launch/Add.
You will see this:
To show it on all workspaces, right click on the ...
That option is not available by default because it goes against the design behind elementary OS - that it's a clean and well designed environment.
Applications should be started by using Slingshot. Press Alt + F2 or Super + Space and enter the first letters of the application you want to start.
Alternatively you can use kupfer or synapse for that purpose. ....
Create a New Mimetype
We have to teach the system about GuitarPro as something called a "mimetype". To do that, we need to create a mimetype package file that contains info about how to identify GuitarPro files.
Create a new file called "guitarpro.xml" at "/usr/share/mime/packages"
In this file we need to make some rules about how to match files to this ...
Pantheon-files uses a thumbnailer daemon called tumbler . You can disable generation of thumbnails for PDFs by opening a terminal and editing the config file.
sudo nano /etc/xdg/tumbler/tumbler.rc
Search for the section listed below-
# PDF/PS thumbnailer
Change Disabled=false to ...
Actually this limit of 10 is hard-coded in the software code of pantheon-files (libwidgets/View/SearchResults.vala, lines 59-61)
const int MAX_RESULTS = 10;
const int MAX_DEPTH = 5;
const int DELAY_ADDING_RESULTS = 150;
You can even increase this number in order to display more results, but nevertheless the number of results displayed stays ...
If you, like me, prefer K-Find rather than Gnome Search Tool, then install K-Find through sudo apt-get install kfind, run sudo nano /usr/share/contractor/find.contractor and paste the following content:
Description=Find files here
Then hit Ctrl+O (...
Exfat support is not included out of the box due to licensing issues. However, you can manually install support for it from the Terminal.
Open the Terminal app from the Applications launcher or with Super+T.
Type the following command, press Enter, then enter your password if prompted:
sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils
Wait for the command to ...
The best possible thing I can think of is 'your options did not save' at the time of partitioning and the installer somehow pointed to system defaults. Did you really save your partition settings before proceeding (and did not do back/forward clicks)?
To open your Trash in a window with superuser powers in Loki, run
sudo -i pantheon-files /home/$USER/.local/share/Trash/files/
This command runs your files program (pantheon-files) as the root user (sudo) in the root's environment (-i) at the specified directory (your personal Trash folder). No need to change $USER, which will automatically translate to ...
Loki is still a new release so there are still a lot of bugs worth reporting. Even in attempting to reproduce your situation, I ran into all kinds of non-standard behavior: files that refused to drag, files that copied when they did not show a green "plus" indicator, and so on. It's possible that what you observed is a bug to file. I don't see any bugs like ...