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Very Simple Nautilus Plugin to Show Deletion Date

Posted by matijs 18/05/2009 at 09h14

Gnome’s file manager, Nautilus, does not natively support showing the deletion date for trashed items. This has annoyed me, and others, for a very long time.

Long story short, I created a very simple implementation in Python as a Nautilus plugin. You can find it in its github repository.

This solution has one drawback: Nautilus plugins can only add string columns, so to make it sort right the date is not in a very user-friendly format. I like to think of it more as proof-of-concept.

What’s next? Nautilus has hard-coded support for sorting by each of its possible date columns. It would be nice to make that more generic so as to allow adding arbitrary date columns, or columns with the sort key and user-visible text separated.

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