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#1 2021-01-09 21:41:02

leo_gott82
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CliFM: The KISS file manager

Hello Archers!

After several years of coding, learning, private testing, and many failures, I decided to make my CliFM available to Arch users on the AUR (https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/clifm).

CliFM is a completely text-based file manager written entirely in C and able to perform all the basic operations you may expect from any other FM. Besides these common operations, such as copy, move, remove, etc., CLiFM's most distinctive features are:

  • It is a shell-like, command-line file manager (neither GUI nor curses, but just text and typing), and thus able to run on the Linux console or SSH sessions.

  • With a memory footprint below 5 MiB and a disk usage of 0.25 MiB, it's really lightweight and fast.

  • The use of short (and even one-character) commands, and list numbers (ELN's) for filenames. So, instead of 'cp filename directory', you can do something like this: 'c 4 12'

  • Bookmarks

  • Files selection and the use of the 'sel' keyword. Ex: 'sel 1 4 7-10' and then 'c sel 12' or 'file sel'

  • Quick search

  • Built-in resource opener

  • Trash system

  • TAB-completion for commands, paths, and ELN's. Ex: 'o 24'-> TAB -> 'o filename'

  • Bash-like quoting system

  • History function

  • Shell commands execution

  • Aliases

  • Logs

  • Prompt and profile commands

  • Bash-like prompt customization

  • Sequential and conditional execution of commands

  • User profiles

  • Keyboard shortcuts

You can check it out here: https://github.com/leo-arch/clifm. For more information you can consult CliFM manpage.

This is the only file manager I've been using for almost 5 years. So, I hope it will be useful for someone else too. Comments, feature requests, and bug reports are welcome, of course.

Cheers,
Leo.

Last edited by leo_gott82 (2021-01-09 22:19:25)


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#2 2021-01-12 18:10:47

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

I like this.
I have "ShowHiddenFiles=false" in config, but hidden files are not hidden, clifm -a works fine though.

edit: another issue is when i start clifm, I get ":) $ 65;1;9c" already written, which I have to delete before I can type any command.
edit: last issue (65;1;9c) solved after using clean config file

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#3 2021-01-12 20:43:08

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Hi Docbroke

Thanks for your feedback! The "ShowHiddenFiles" option works fine to me. In any case, recall that, besides the -a option, you can quickly toggle hidden files on/off with 'Alt-i'. However, I will check this issue as soon as I can.

I'm glad the gibberish issue is solved. I upgrade the program quite often, trying to solve bugs, improve performance and features and so on. So, try keeping it up to date.

What terminal emulator are you using?


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#4 2021-01-12 21:33:09

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

I just wanted to have a look at the code and had to scroll past 1426 lines of comment before some business logic began.
Maybe you want to consider aoutsourcing those comments into a README.txt, COMPILE.txt, REQUIREMENTS.txt, BUGS.txt, etc.

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#5 2021-01-12 21:59:57

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Thanks schard. I'll bear that in mind. Maybe for the next release.


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#6 2021-01-13 02:40:13

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Hi, thanks for reply, I am using terminator.
That reminds me "x DIR" doesn't work either, it throws "CliFM: terminat: No such file or directory"

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#7 2021-01-13 17:58:21

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Thanks for pointing that out too. I will install terminator and see what happen. I hope I'll be able to reproduce the problem, in which case it will be fixed for the next release.


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#8 2021-01-13 19:42:11

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Docbroke, I installed terminator and tried to reproduce the bugs you pointed out. Though I wasn't able to reproduce the hidden files issue, I do fixed the x function. Ugrade to version 0.21.5: it should be working now.

Btw, I cleaned up the code, as schard suggested.

Last edited by leo_gott82 (2021-01-13 19:44:29)


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#9 2021-01-14 03:09:41

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

My guess is there is some problem reading default config file. If I run "clifm -P default" then hidden file option works as per clifmrc but running plain "clifm" doesn't respect default clifmrc.


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#10 2021-01-14 06:45:41

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

Thank you very much Docbroke! Your last post really helped me while tracking down this bug: some variables were not set if no argument was passed to clifm; that's why it worked with 'clifm -P default' but not with plain 'clifm'. Fixed now in version 0.21.7.


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#11 2021-01-28 01:52:39

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Re: CliFM: The KISS file manager

I've been working on this for the past few weeks and, besides some minor bug fixes, the last version (0.27.1) includes some important features:

  • Startup tips (no good software without good documentation)

  • Sorting methods (name, size, atime, btime, ctime, mtime, and version), including reverse sorting.

  • A light mode (in case it is not fast enough)

  • Bulk rename

  • Archiving and compression support (including Zstandard). This function depends on atool and archivemount (AUR)

NOTE: If trying this new version, make sure to start with a fresh config file (new options added).

More comments and suggestions are welcome, of course.
Best regards,
Leo.

Last edited by leo_gott82 (2021-01-28 01:55:40)


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