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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.


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
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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