A proven file manager

Advanced Functions

Worker supports searching for files and directories in a sophisticated way. An extensive dialog shows the corresponding parameters (Figure 7). Worker saves the results to display them again later if needed. The results are saved until you explicitly delete the old results using F5 or select Start new search.

Figure 7: The Search dialog is largely self-explanatory but comes with a number of special features.

Worker follows the principle of refined searching, which means that you always search in the previous results until you find a perfect match. In addition to the Basic options displayed by default, More options offers further choices for narrowing down the results.

By default, pressing the Enter key switches to the next input field but does not start the search. To start the search immediately, end the input in a field by pressing Ctrl+Enter. Worker shows the results in the corresponding field at the center of the window. You can apply many functions to the matches. For example, you can transfer the results to lists or display them [7].

Configuration Files

Worker stores its configuration files in the .worker folder in your home directory. At more than 200KB, these configuration files are large. You should only edit them manually if know what your changes will do. Direct editing is simple and clear-cut if you are just replacing individual commands, such as replacing the GView image viewer with Geeqie. Worker monitors the configuration files and asks what to do when changes are made.

There are several possibilities for making adjustments in various places in a configuration file. If you click on the second small button on the left in the top status bar (just below the window's titlebar), Worker will display a summary of the configuration (Figure 8).

Figure 8: Worker's configuration options are extensive and affect both the appearance and the functionality of many elements.

Volume Manager

Another special feature in Worker, the volume manager, lets you integrate filesystems and supports both the obsolete hardware abstraction layer (HAL) and UDisks for automatic mounting via D-Bus without leaving the file manager, for example.

Clicking on the Volume manager button (or pressing Ctrl+V) opens the appropriate dialog (Figure 9). Double-clicking on one of the entries mounts the corresponding device. Beware, the volume manager can lead to conflicts with the automatic systems often used today.

Figure 9: The volume manager controls access to additional filesystems.

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