[UFO Chicago] alternative ways of locating files
brian at planetshwoop.com
Wed Feb 3 03:45:16 PST 2010
On Wed, February 3, 2010 12:24 am, Jordan Bettis wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 09:07:21PM -0600, Brian Sobolak wrote:
>> I've found that I have various techniques for reasonably organizing my
>> files so that I can quickly find what I need. But sometimes I forget,
>> especially for older things.
>> Usually though I can remember this either by location or *when* I worked
>> on it. Yet short of using `find` and searching, I wonder if there is
>> that organizes your filesystem into a view sorted by last modified time?
> You can do 'find . -mtime 1 -mtime +5'
True, but it's rarely something I worked on in the last five days that is
the issue. it's more like 200 days ago.
>> I recall that OLPC allowed people to find files by tag (instead of by
>> filesystem location). Does it offer other UI improvements?
> I believe Nautilus lets you 'tag' files. Like most things in Gnome, it
> works by storing your tags in some XML blob that's an affront to all
> that knows joy in this world.
I don't really mind how it does it -- it might as well be a BDB blob too
for all it matters to me. The bigger issue (that I recall) is Nautilus is
incredibly inefficient. Unless it's really improved, it used to be a
massive hog of resources.
(remember in 2000 when XML was going to save the world? You can READ it!!!)
I looked last night at some of the pieces for OLPC. It looks like it
would do what I'm looking for, but works at a pretty low-level and not as
a stand-alone app.
It continues to amaze me that there are more nuanced tools for finding
files besides navigating a file tree. When you look at people's
computers, and how much frustration it causes for most, it surprises me
that more isn't done. I often think people email files in corporations
just so they can find them later.
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