What File Manager Options Are There For The Pinephone?
#1
What i would like to do is view documents on the Pinephone and sort then into folders which i would then transfer back to a laptop for further management. The included file manager in Phosh Portfolio does not allow easy moving and sorting of documents. Are there other file managers that are phone friendly that provide the described workflow? I have thousands of documents to sort and doing some of this on the Pinephone when i am traveling without my laptop would help save time.
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#2
Try Index (maui-index). That supports a cut&paste workflow for moving files.

The easiest way to move files is usually a two-pane file manager, but with the limited screen space on the PinePhone (and the requirement to be touch-friendly, so things cannot be arbitrarily small), that concept is not going to work there.
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#3
(05-27-2023, 07:48 PM)pinephoneuser22 Wrote: What i would like to do is view documents on the Pinephone and sort then into folders which i would then transfer back to a laptop for further management. The included file manager in Phosh Portfolio does not allow easy moving and sorting of documents. Are there other file managers that are phone friendly that provide the described workflow? I have thousands of documents to sort and doing some of this on the Pinephone when i am traveling without my laptop would help save time.

If you want to access on same folders in Pinephone and laptop (if I understanded correctly) you have few options:

https://github.com/viveris/uMTP-Responder
The uMTP-Responder allows files to be transferred to and from devices through the devices USB port.

Nextcloud or some other similar service which allows to share files trough web.
Nextcloud desktop works surprisingly well in mobile

And then you can also ssh/ftp trough wifi or even trough usb but I don't use these so I am not best person for advice.

There are no file managers where any of these works out of the box but if you setup uMTP Responder or Nextcloud and share the folders you want you can basicly use any file manager you want. IMO portfolio is best on mobile but Nautilus have some more features
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#4
Thank you for the ideas. To clarify the workflow, a batch of documents would be moved onto the Pinephone, then file viewing and sorting would be done on the Pinephone, then later the sorted files would be moved to a laptop for final management. The purpose is to leverage the Pinephone to do computing tasks when i do not have my laptop. If the Pinphone workflow is clumsy then things are not going to work.

I will look into the suggested solutions. It is described that a dual pane file manager would not work on a Pinephone. What about a tabbed file manager? Does a tabbed file manager exist that is phone friendly? One would only need two tabs for most uses, a tab for the source location and a tab for the destination location. The user would tap the tabs to switch between them when sorting files. This removes the need for a larger display. The default view could be a single pane without tabs, with a context menu choice to add/remove a second pane for advanced file management. This keeps the interface clean and simple.
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#5
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For the most Linux-y experience on your Linux phone, try SXMO!

I am (nominally) the Armbian Maintainer for PineBook Pro (although severely lacking in time these days).
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#6
Portfolio has big bug. Sort last modified setting is not saved. Has to be selected every time. Can one of you report to developer?
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(05-27-2023, 07:48 PM)pinephoneuser22 Wrote: What i would like to do is view documents on the Pinephone and sort then into folders which i would then transfer back to a laptop for further management. The included file manager in Phosh Portfolio does not allow easy moving and sorting of documents. Are there other file managers that are phone friendly that provide the described workflow? I have thousands of documents to sort and doing some of this on the Pinephone when i am traveling without my laptop would help save time.

pcmanfm Is my default on the PinePhone. It is quick and once you set a few settings, It works really well.

Here is a video of myself installing it and configuring it.

PinePhone OR PinePhone Pro (2of5) - Phosh - Setup - Updates - Packages
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nbUXABJ...99&index=4
13:30 Install pcmanfm
...
23:15 Configure pcmanfm
28:00 Change desktop Icon


(05-28-2023, 02:16 PM)pinephoneuser22 Wrote: Thank you for the ideas. To clarify the workflow, a batch of documents would be moved onto the Pinephone, then file viewing and sorting would be done on the Pinephone, then later the sorted files would be moved to a laptop for final management. The purpose is to leverage the Pinephone to do computing tasks when i do not have my laptop. If the Pinphone workflow is clumsy then things are not going to work.

I will look into the suggested solutions. It is described that a dual pane file manager would not work on a Pinephone. What about a tabbed file manager? Does a tabbed file manager exist that is phone friendly? One would only need two tabs for most uses, a tab for the source location and a tab for the destination location. The user would tap the tabs to switch between them when sorting files. This removes the need for a larger display. The default view could be a single pane without tabs, with a context menu choice to add/remove a second pane for advanced file management. This keeps the interface clean and simple.

Check out this video link to see tabs used in pcmanfm on the pinephone.

PinePhone OR PinePhone Pro (3of5) - Phosh - Setup - Syncthing - Squeekboard - Online Accounts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esOT5PhC...99&index=5
00:00 install Syncthing
...
21:30 update the squeekboard layout
27:00 To see tabs in pcmanfm 
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#8
if you don't mind text-mode ncurses then one option is midnight commander
Code:
pacman -Sy mc
it can also serve as an `scp` gui that honors your aliases in `~/.ssh/config`; connecting to a host via SSH is done from Left/Right menu > Shell link > type e.g: "user@192.168.1.100:" OR "myhostalias:" (note the final colon!)
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