I have been using "commanders" with DOS and Windows for more than 15 years. Needless to say it'd significantly improve my comfort if I could be able to create directories by pressing F7, deleting by F8, copying (to an opposite panel) by F5 and moving by F6. I was very pleased by Nautilus to introduce a 2-panel view, but disappointed by lack of traditional "commander" F-keys scheme. Can I correct this without editing and recompiling Nautilus sources?
Answering a different question, I was reminded of an option that has now been deeply hidden by default, "Editable Menu Accelerators." This can let you do nearly what you want.
To enable this option, launch
Or just run this line in a terminal:
Now, to change an application shortcut key, open the menu, and with the mouse pointer on the menu item you wish to change, press the new combination of keys. To remove a shortcut key, press Backspace or Delete.
So you can get new directories with
So while what you're after might not be completely possible with Nautilus, it's also worth mentioning that you can still use a "commander" in Ubuntu.
Check out Midnight Commander if console applications are your style.
andrewsomething is on the right track. Using the method he describes, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to Edit -> Copy to/Move to -> Other pane. So you'll find that assigning F5 to copying to the other pane is no problem. Assigning F6 is not really recommendable, as this already has a different meaning in GTK+.
Yet another way to define arbitrary hot keys is by using the Nautilus extension API although it is not quite designed for that. As a proof of concept I've developed this extension which defines the following hot keys:
You can even configure the shortcuts manually in the Keyboad Shortcuts window provided by this extension:
The best gui "commander" style application I've used in Ubuntu (or any other distro) is krusader. Yes, I am a exclusive Gnome user and krusader is a KDE app, but it is worth it. The first command I run upon installing Ubuntu is:
"sudo apt-get install mc krusader"
Krusader is almost as good as Servant Salamander on windows -- one of the two "shareware" programs I actually purchased in the 30+ years of using computers (I have to use windows at work).