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RE[8]: Window shell width
by f0dder on Mon 26th Dec 2011 22:42 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Window shell width"
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Something I find more comfortable in a GUI than on the CLI is if I need to navigate a lot back and forth in a directory hierarchy, especially when I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for. The visual overview tends to be slightly faster than a lot of cd and ls commands. And with two-pane navigation, copy and move are a single keystroke away ;)

Another useful feature is x^2's "mirror browsing" mode - very useful if you have two mostly identical directory hierarchies you want to examine, and a full visual diff isn't what you need.

I guess the determining factor, for me, is interactive vs. scriptable. If I'm poking around, I tend to prefer a GUI file manager (except if I'm poking around at log files, then a shell and tail tends to win ;) ), if I need to nuke a bunch of temporary files or move a predefined set of files from my server to my workstation, scp is often nicer than firing up a file browser and navigating to the relevant paths.

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