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The default file manager for the lightweight desktop environment, LXDE

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OSX Style global Menu in Plasma 5 (how to show pcmanfm_menu in global menu in plasma while in --desktop mode)?

I use pcmanfm-qt in plasma in "--desktop" mode, so that pcmanfm-qt "becomes" the desktop. Now i want pcmanfm's menu to be exposed to global menu, while pcmanfm only renders the ...
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PCManFM does not create thumbnails for png and jpg but does create for videos

I am using PCManFM and I have recently noticed that each time I go to a folder with pictures all thumbnails are generated "on the fly" (not loaded from the thumbnail cache folder). I checked ...
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Is there a file browser that would enable the user to switch easily between views of just video files or just image files of a directory?

Let's say I have a directory at which there are all sorts of video and image files. There are MP4, AVI, MOV etc. files and there are PNG, JPG, GIF etc. files all mixed together. Is there a browser ...
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Update PcManFM-qt in Lubuntu

I want update my PCManFM-qt file manager in LXQt desktop from 0.14.2 to 0.17.0 and i use this command: sudo apt install pcmanfm-qt but it says that you are using the latest version. How can I upgrade ...
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PCManFM: suddenly my Task Switcher is random..?

Kubuntu 21.04 Asserting that correlation != causation right up front, but it does seem suspicious. I installed PCManFM 1.3.2 and it's everything I want in a file manager I use for FTP, namely: it ...
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How to skip “Execute file” dialog in lubuntu and set default to "Run in terminal" (PCmanfm)

I want to run all the scripts (.sh) in a terminal and I don't want them to always open a pop up asking how I want to execute it. I saw this answer which could have worked but it doesn't allow running ...
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Lubuntu: Open as root not working in pcmanfm-qt

I have an almost fresh install of Lubuntu 20.04 and pcmanfm-qts "Open as root" function in the tools menu is not working. I can choose it, enter my password and then simply nothing happens. ...
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Lubunut PCManFM not showing correct disk size

I am using Lubuntu 18.04, and I recently replaced my old 500GB SSD with a 1 TB SSD. I first used CloneZilla to image the old SSD on the new one, then I used Gparted to resize the new SSD to its full ...
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Unable to drag & drop file on Lubuntu using Pcmanfm-qt

What is not working? Dragging item from one place, to another bookmarked place/folder, after the drag, nothing happen What is working? Dragging item from one place, to another folder inside the ...
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Lubuntu 20.04 executing shell script in terminal from file manager

Lubuntu 20.04, I've got a simple .sh script which I want to execute in a terminal window when double-clicking on it in the file manager (PCManFM-Qt) without confirming my action in the prompt each ...
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Lubuntu 20.04 cannot execute .sh script from PCManFM-Qt

Lubuntu 20.04. I've created a simple .sh script to run my Java program, so content of .sh is: java -jar /path_to_my/test.jar I marked this script as executable, and when double-clicking on it in the ...
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PCManFM: same file size unit for all files

I am using PCManFM 1.2.5 file manager. In the file list, the file size units change dependent on the file size, for example a big file's size is shown as being 1.5 GiB, while a small file's size as ...
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Why do my thumbnails need to regenerate with every restart? Is it possible to allow them to persist?

I have a large amount of images on my machine and every single time I reboot the machine, I lose this cache, or at least it feels this way. The folder I frequent the most often has around 3.6k images, ...
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PCManFM Icon not showing properly in lxde

As you can see, the icons in the toolbar are not showing properly, but when I hover the mouse on the icon, it displays just fine. This is quite annoying and I was wondering if it is a sign that my ...
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Command for opening PCManFM from the terminal with sudo permission

I am using PCManFM 1.2.5 in Lubuntu but I can't find the command to open it from the terminal with sudo permission for deleting some files. Is there any?
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How to make PCManFM default file manager in Ubuntu 20.04.1?

I am using Ubuntu 20.04.1 with nautilus file manager version 1:3.36.3-0ubuntu1. I have installed PCManFM 1.3.1. What can I do to make it the default file browser? I installed exo-open 0.12.11 and ...
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Pcmanfm-qt slow scrolling

How Can I do that pcmanfm-qt scroll up and down fast, like "old" pcmanfm (I'm using Lubuntu 20,04 LTS official, 64bits)? For example, Mozilla Firefox has this option: Photography above is ...
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How to solve the "Error Mounting..." error dialog in LXDE / PCManFM [duplicate]

I'm getting the following dialog from time to time when playing music from my external HD (Seagate Expansion+ 2TB): Whenever that happens, my music player (cmus) skips to the next track. This ...
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Program Open/ Save As Dialogue No Bookmarks No Places

I thought I had solved this before but can't remember what I did. I use Qpdfview for my PDF viewer. The Save As/ Open dialogue does not have any bookmarks or places like the default file manager (...
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The pcmanfm-qt is dead on my Lubuntu 20.04

I know it is so weird, but last night I set an image on my desktop background and delete the image, then I right-click on the desktop and press the desktop properties to change the style of background ...
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PCManFM cut and paste not working

I am relatively new to Ubuntu and general love it except for the fact that the file browsers suck. My latest attempt at file browser satisfaction is to use PCManFM. While I generally like PCManFM it ...
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Shortcut to get back to previous folder in PCManFM

Is there a keyboard shortcut for getting back to previous folder in PCManFM? I couldn't find it in the Help > Keyboard Navigation page, nor in the Preferences. PS. Using PCManFM 1.2.5 on Ubuntu 18....
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My gmail address suddenly appears as a mount point on PCmanfm

To whom it may concern, there appears to be absolutely nothing on the Internet about this problem as searches turned out nothing relevant, but I have a link to my email adress (as a mount point) under ...
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define file manager drop action when modifier key pressed

If I drag a file from one file manager window and drop it in another, the file gets moved from the source folder to the destination folder. If I hold down the control key while doing this, the file ...
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Change default application - Button grayed out?

When trying to change the default application for PDFs to "evince" in PcManFM-QT (version 0.14.1), I'm getting the problem that the "OK" button is grayed out. How can I change the default application ...
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Is there a way to change default extension for an empty text file in PCManFM

I am using PCManFM 1.2.5 on XUbuntu 18.04 LTS. Currently when creating a new text file i get a creation window in the following form: I would like to change the default extension from txt to text, ...
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Ubuntu remembers every drive ever connected and every dvd ever inserted and PCmanFM shows it in folder panel

I am using PCManFM 1.2.5 as file manager on Ubuntu 18.04.2. When I go to my media folder, there I find listed the names of every external drive I ever connected and every disk I ever inserted in my ...
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How to hide progress bars in PCManFM 1.2.5?

I am having some problem with the PCManFM on my Lubuntu 18.04LTS. The "Copying Files" progress bar always appears on top of the viewer so everytime I want to navigate through the files I need to move ...
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Cannot execute PCManFM from the program's menu on Lubuntu 19.04

I recently noticed that when I click on the default file explorer (PCManFM) icon in the program's menu, the program doesn't start. I ran the system's update to check if the updates would fix the ...
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Setting Pluma's Default File Manager

While messing around with Lubuntu 19.04, running lxqt-sudo to launch Pluma text editor as root so that I could edit the /var/www PHP projects I had, I noticed when rightclicking the file browser pane ...
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Lubuntu 19.04 Opens PCManFM-Qt Without Proper Theme As Root

When opening PCManFM-Qt file manager as root from command line in Lubuntu 19.04, it opens using a default theme (which is rather ugly) and won't consider the choices made with lxqt-config. How do I ...
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How to launch PCmanFM-qt with [Super]+[E]

The Lubuntu manual says that [Super]+[E] is supposed to launch PCmanFM-qt, the default file manager for Lubuntu (for which I've just installed version 18.10). Reference: https://manual.lubuntu.me/2/2....
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LXDE 18.04 LTS Lubuntu desktop keeps breaking

Roughly once a day while I'm opening folders on LXDE at some point things break down. A folder freezes up and will not open. I'm prompted to cancel or end the process. Then everything on the desktop ...
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How to hide/unhide menubar of file manager PCmanFM with the Alt key?

In Windows Explore I have option to toggle menubar by using ALT key. Can I do it in PCmanFM? I'm willing to try coding stuff (for a bit). Update information :: I'm using Lubuntu 18.04 LTS at the ...
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gksudo Workaround for Leafpad and PCmanFM

I have read a lot of articles on how to work around the lack of gksudo in the latest *buntu releases. Unfortunately, they've been tailored to applications I don't use like gedit, mousepad, nautilus, ...
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How can I open .rar archives in lubuntu's built-in file manager?

Lubuntu 18.04.1 includes the lightweight but surprisingly powerful GUI file manager PCManFM 1.2.5, which can list the files within a .rar, but fails to extract or display them. Error messages (e.g. ...
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Is there a workaround for the removal of "Copy Path" in pcmanfm-qt?

Briefly, now that the Copy Path option has been removed from the lxqt version of the pcmanfm file maanger, I'm trying to find a workaround. More details: I've been using Linux since 2015, solely ...
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Is there a way to make Lubuntu 18.10 look like Lubuntu 18.04?

Since Lubuntu changes its desktop from LXDE to LXQt there have been changes in icons of the panel and PCmanFM, the file manager. I am not an experienced user but I am wondering why a change in ...
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How does a samba/cifs recycle bin work within PCmanFM?

By using vfs object = recycle I can create a trash bin for a samba share (or more globally, for each samba share). However, when using PCmanFM as file manager in Lubuntu 18.04 this seems not to work: ...
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PCmanFM - How can I remove an entry from the context menu?

I am using Lubuntu 18.04. When clicking right on a file the context menu of the file manager opens up. The file manager is PCmanFM, a great tool. I would like to remove programs from the list of ...
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Can using PCManFM rather than Nautilus/Files in 18.04 cause problems?

I've installed the 3rd-party light file manager PCManFM 1.2.5 on Ubuntu 18.04 because Nautilus/Files was frustrating me (over-simplicity & seeming absence of some features). So far I've been ...
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lxsession-default-terminal does not open a terminal anymore (Lubuntu 18.04)

I am using Lubuntu 18.04 lxsession-default-terminal (which is used by PCManFM (F4) -> open Terminal in folder) does not open a Terminal-Window anymore. (I can only see a flashing window [open and ...
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Konsole does not open in current directory (pwd)

Some file managers, such as pcmanfm or pcmanfm-qt, open terminals in the current directory by setting $PWD before opening the terminal. Most terminals behave as expected. This includes xterm, gnome-...
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Why can't I use mouse navigation buttons (back and forward) on pcmanfm file explorer on lubuntu?

I'd like to browse my files with one hand without clicking backspace or alt + arrows or clicking on the arrows on the window... just like in firefox or windows applications...
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I can't put anything on my desktop and i can't change the wallpaper. Lubuntu 16.04

I can't change my wallpaper and I can't put any files on my desktop. Also my right-click menu changed from the normal one to the one in the image.
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Cannot change desktop background with crontab

I have scheduled a job in crontab to change the desktop background randomly, every minute in Lubuntu, using the following script: #!/bin/bash export DISPLAY=:0 PHOTOS_PATH=~/Pictures/wallpapers/ ...
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PCManFM file size column is blank

Just installed Lubuntu (Ubuntu 17.10) on a desktop. The default file manager, PCManFM seems to work well with the exception that the file size column doesn't populate, it remains blank. Every other ...
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How can I find out the command line corresponding to choosing an application to open a file in desktop environment?

How can I find out the command line corresponding to choosing an application to open a file in pcmanfm under lxde? I thought I would find something under ~/.local/share/applications by grep -R -i ...
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How to set PcManFm as the default file manager in 16.04?

Nautilus make my pc so slow, it keeps using more than 300MiB memory even after i close all folders... i installed PCMan file manager from software center and i like it. but how can i set it as the ...
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Can't Open LXTerminal from PCMan 1.2.4

Windows Machine using Oracle VirtualBox, Ubuntu. I inadvertantly let my file system get full. While working on this issue, at some point PCManFM lost its connection to open LXTerminal at the currect ...
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