Ranger is a file manager that runs in your terminal emulator, and has image previews built it either through w3m or urxvt. You can tune it to do everything you need, then just save your dot files for use on new installs.I use pcmanfm if I want a GUI (usually because I want a thumbnail preview). To be completely honest I've not found a file manager I actually really like.
No joke I prefer it, just because it's UI is way more consistent than anything QT or GTK based.Windows Explorer.
I can't use any of these things (ranger, nnn, vifm). I'm just way too used to standard utiltiies. The image preview of ranger is highly inconsistent, yes, I've screwed with it. It also doesn't thumbnail, just preview.Ranger is a file manager that runs in your terminal emulator, and has image previews built it either through w3m or urxvt. You can tune it to do everything you need, then just save your dot files for use on new installs.
Just use Emacs for your file manager. It can run in the terminal or in an X screen.I like Dolphin (KDE Plasma's file manager) the best, feels very slick. Caja (MATE's FM) is pretty good as well, IMHO.
I wished Windows Explorer had a dual pane mode, it's okay otherwise.
The problem with terminal based file managers is that I feel like they aren't as good as using the shell for some things and they aren't good at other things than a GUI based file manager, so I think I would recommend just using the shell and a GUI FM on a case-by-case basis.
Not sure if this counts as too basic as well, I've used Nemo on every single one of the distros, everything else has niggly little things I don't like, so I keep coming back to it.whats a good filemanager that is not shit and can be used with any desktop environment? nautilus is too basic for my taste
This is me.I seem to oscillate between Arch and Debian myself, for similar reasons.
Right now I'm currently running Debian Sid. I used to run Testing as a named non-rolling release that I'd upgrade every now and then, but got tired of getting fucked over by freeze. "Oh, you didn't fix this little bug in your package in time for hard freeze? Tough shit, you don't get to be included in the release packages anymore and now Yotsubaaa has to pull your package from Sid if she even wants to use it."
But as you said, even Sid isn't as current as you'd like it to be. So inevitably I'll get to a point where I say "Fuck it! If I'm doing this much source-compiling/configuring/doing all of this extra work to get stuff set up anyway, I'll just reinstall Arch." So that'll be an exhilarating weekend going back through the Arch
Beginner'sInstall Guide (the ArchWiki has to be some of the best documentation ever, by the way), building exactly the system I want brick by brick, having fun messing around with window managers that I haven't tried yet and making the whole system tailored to my exact workflow.
And each time I reinstall Arch I get a bit better at it, but inevitably I'll fuck up a configuration or package installation somewhere. So I'll fix it. Then I'll do that again... and again... and eventually I'll get to a point where I say "Fuck it! I just want this shit to work on the first try, is that so hard? Screw this, I'm going back to Sid."
So I'll reinstall Debian. And the system won't feel as much like it's mine anymore, but soon the Stockholm syndrome will kick in and I stop caring. Until the next time I need to compile a package from source or go hunting through documentation to fix some weird problem I'm having. At which point my never-ending cycle of torment begins anew.