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Back in 2007 there was some work done to allow system admins to lock down GTK+ and Nautilus. File dialogs can only view white-listed directories.

This won't create permission problems for programs, but will simplify things for new users.

http://live.gnome.org/SummerOfCode2007/Reports/Sayamindu

However the code seems to be abandoned. Is there any other way to do this? Is there a similar project that still works?

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Do you really think this will help some users? How? Why shouldn't a user open a file, if he has read access? I think such inconsistencies (another one is to rename the $HOME to something similar like Windows personal folder or such) are pseudo helpful - they hinder the user in getting experience, which is, summa summarum, bad. –  user unknown Jul 30 '11 at 21:16
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If you want to create a kiosk set up to allow people to print files exposing the entire file system is just going to confuse people. It's not a real pc setup. They aren't going to build experience. That "Windows personal folder" comment is a real tangent. This would be useful for anyone looking to deploy gnome in a situation different from a standard desktop setup. –  wmil Aug 5 '11 at 20:34
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