This manual is for the Prime console file manager (version 1.2).
|• Overview:||Overview of the prime console file manager|
|• Main Window:||Prime main window|
|• Menus:||Working around with menus|
|• Shortcuts:||Using keyboard shortcuts|
|• GNU Free Documentation License:|
Prime is a GNU software, part of the GnuDOS package.
Prime is a file manager which works under the GNU/Linux console. It was influenced by other file managers (like the well known XTree Gold which was popular under MS-DOS). It provides a user friendly interface with menus, shortcuts, and key navigation. It is distributed as part of the GnuDOS package which was developed to help users coming from DOS-like environment feel ease when dealing with the GNU system.
Prime provides multi-level experience, the level of complexity can be adjusted by the user: you want to use DOS-keys with a few basic GNU ones? you want to go with the full power of the GNU system? All are options that are provided by the six levels of experience of Prime:
You start with level 1 by default.
To set your level, call prime with
'--level X' or
'-l X' options,
Where X is the level desired, for example:
$prime --level 2
Below is a table showing the DOS-like key combinations along with their
respective GNU key bindings. To the right is the level at which a certain
key is defined. Each key defined is recognized in higher levels (e.g. level 2
keys are recognized in levels 3-4-5-6). Note that in level 6 only GNU keys are
defined, no DOS keys will work at this level!.
In the table below, C-something means pressing down CTRL and then pressing the other key. Note that ’^’ is the same as ’C’, meaning CTRL-key, it is just typed like this so DOS users can feel familiar with the text.
The same as M-something, which means META or ALT.
|Function||DOS-like key||GNU key||GnuDOS Level|
|All DOS bindings and no GNU bindings||Newbie|
|Back One Word||^Left||M-b||Novice|
|Fwd One Word||^Right||M-f||Novice|
|Start of Line||Home||C-a||Intermediate|
|End of Line||End||C-e||Intermediate|
|Start of text||^Home||C-<||Intermediate|
|End of text||^End||C->||Intermediate|
|Del prev char||BkSpc||DEL (is BkSpc)||Advanced|
|Del next char||Delete||C-d||Advanced|
|Del prev word||^BkSpc||M-DEL (is M-BkSpc)||Advanced|
|Del next word||^Delete||M-d||Advanced|
|Undo||^Z||C-/, C-_, C-x u||Expert|
|Open File||^O||C-x C-f||Expert|
|Save File||^S||C-x C-s||Expert|
|Find (Search)||^F||C-s (forward search)||Expert|
|C-r (reverse search)||Expert|
|All GNU bindings and no DOS bindings||Veteran|
If you like using the console (like most GNU/Linux vintage users do), and you came from DOS land, having a nice and easy way to run through your directory trees and moving files around will be an important asset in your toolset, plus you will easily dive into the GNU system key bindings.
The program can be invoked from the GNU/Linux console or under X from an xterm.
Simply invoke the ’prime’ executable from the bash shell. The components of the main window can be found under See Main Window. The description of the menus in See Menus. And the shortcut keys in See Shortcuts.
To help the developers (and yourself) in debugging the program, prime sends log
information by default to a file named ’prime.log’ in the user’s home
directory (e.g. /home/username).
If you wish log information to be sent to another file, invoke the program with the file name on the command line, e.g.
$prime --log log-file-name $prime -g log-file-name
If you don’t want log information, invoke prime as
$prime --no-log $prime -n
If you want to reset the configuration file to it’s default values, invoke prime as
$prime --reset-config $prime -r
You can export the directory tree of a given directory to a given file without starting prime by typing:
$prime -e|--export dirname filename
Note you will only type
'--export', not both.
Prime starts with the directory tree of the current working directory. To open prime with the directory tree of another location, type:
dirname is the path name which is to be loaded into prime on
Currently there is partial wildcard support. That means for example that you can specify ’~’ to indicate your home directory, and you can use ’*’ inside the program (in the ’Find’ dialog box) but no further wildcards (like ’?’) are supported at that time. For example, entering:
In the find dialog box will search the subdirectory ’projects’ of the home directory
The following are examples of accepted ways to enter wildcard strings in the Find file dialog box:
file* *.c a*.c
After running prime, you are faced with a window that has the following components:
Located at the top of the window. Contains the menus: File, Edit, and Help.
The details of these menus can be found under See Menus.
The rest of the main window has three parts:
Menus are on the menu bar on the top of the See Main Window. They are:
Moving around with Shortcut Keys:
ALT+F: Open File menu
ALT+E: Open Edit menu
ALT+H: Open Help menu
(1) File menu shortcuts:
CTRL+N: Create new directory under current working directory
CTRL+O: Open location
CTRL+E: Export directory tree into external file
CTRL+P: Print current directory tree
CTRL+Q: Exit program
(2) Edit menu shortcuts:
CTRL+X: Cut selection (if no selection, cut current item).
Cut items are marked with "^"
CTRL+C: Copy selection (if no selection, copy current item).
Copy items are marked with "#"
CTRL+V: Paste cut/copy items in the current directory
CTRL+F: Find a file
CTRL+A: Select all items in the active dir/file window
CTRL+Z: Deselects all items in the active dir/file window
CTRL+W: Deselect all, including items marked for cut/copy
Space bar: Toggle selection. Selected items are marked "*"
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|Jump to:||A B C D E F H K M N O P R S W|
|Bottom view:||Main Window|
|Command line export:||Overview|
|Directory view:||Main Window|
|Exporting from the command line:||Overview|
|FDL, GNU Free Documentation License:||GNU Free Documentation License|
|File view:||Main Window|
|How to run Prime:||Overview|
|Main window:||Main Window|
|Manu bar:||Main Window|
|No log information:||Overview|
|Prime main window:||Main Window|
|Prime menu bar:||Main Window|
|Resetting the configuration file:||Overview|
|Start Prime with a specific directory:||Overview|
|Suppressing log information:||Overview|
|What is Prime:||Overview|
|Why to use it:||Overview|
|Why to use Prime:||Overview|
|Working around with menus:||Menus|
|Jump to:||A B C D E F H K M N O P R S W|