X File Explorer 0.88 review

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X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 0K
Developer: Roland Baudin
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X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. X File Explorer is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, originally developed by Maxim Baranov.

Xfe aims to be the file manager of choice for all the Unix addicts!

Why another file manager when the excellent Konqueror or Nautilus exist on Linux systems? The answer is quite simple : these file managers are very good, features rich and look wonderful, but they are like a brontosaurus when you are a console addict and only want to copy some files or delete it. Another problem is that they require either the whole Gnome or KDE desktops to be installed on your system!

On the contrary, Xfe is small, very rapid and only requires the FOX library to be fully functional. It can be launched from the command line in a fraction of second, and can efficiently complete the set of command line tools.

Here are some key features of "X File Explorer":
Four different file manager styles (one panel, two panels, tree list and one panel, tree list and two panels)
Integrated text viewer (X File View, xfv)
Integrated RPM viewer / installer / uninstaller (X File Query, xfq)
Status line
File associations
Auto save registry
Right mouse click pop-up menu in tree list and file list
Change file(s) attributes
Mount/Unmount devices (for Linux only)
Bookmarks (up to 20)
Color schemes (GNOME, KDE, Windows...)
Drag and Drop ( ctrl -> copy, shift -> move, alt -> symlink )
Create / Extract archives (tar, zip, gzip, bzip2, compress formats are supported)
Tool tips for long file names
Progress bars or dialogs for lengthy file operations
Image preview as thumbnails
Ability to enqueue multimedia files (open command)

Key bindings:

Help - F1
View - F3, return
Edit - F4
Copy - F5, ctrl-c
Cut - ctrl-x
Paste - ctrl-v
Move - F6, ctrl-d
Rename - ctrl-n
Delete - F8, del, ctrl-del
Symlink - ctrl-s
New file - F2
New folder - F7
Properties - F9
Tree and one panel - ctrl-F1
Tree and two panels - ctrl-F2
One panel - ctrl-F3
Two panels - ctrl-F4
Hidden files - ctrl-F5
Hidden folders - ctrl-F6
Execute - ctrl-e
Go home - ctrl-h
Go up - backspace
Terminal - ctrl-t
Console file manager - ctrl-k
Refresh - ctrl-r
Select all - ctrl-a
Deselect all - ctrl-z
Invert selection - ctrl-i
Add bookmark - ctrl-b
Mount (Linux only) - ctrl-m
Unmount (Linux only) - ctrl-u
Quit - ctrl-q

Xfe is written in C++ and built using the FOX graphical toolkit library.
For version of Xfe prior to 0.70, you need the FOX library 1.0.x.
From version 0.70, you need the FOX library 1.2.x.
Note that Xfe 0.70 and above don't compile with development versions of FOX (1.3.x series)!
Xfe is known to run on Linux systems but it should compile and run on any decent Unix system. However, it doesn't actually run on Windows.

What's New in This Release:
Several annoying crash bugs and many minor bugs were fixed.
The "One panel" and "Tree and two panels" modes were reintroduced as requested by many users.
As usual it is recommended (but not required) that you delete your Xfe registry directory.

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