I'm currently using Debian 6 with Xfce desktop, and I can't find any setting to make Thunar sort files properly; i.e., by ASCII order. I haven't been able to turn up anything via search engines either. Is there a setting in some config file somewhere that will do this?
As of Thunar version 1.6.10 (Xfce 4.12), this is still broken
There is a good alternative to Thunar, however. LXDE's default file manager is PCManFM, and it's a perfect stand-in for Thunar. Not only does it have a toggleable option for case-sensitive sorting, it also has tabs, side-by-side windowing, a tree view as well as the more-common "Places" view, and a host of other options that Thunar doesn't have. This isn't a band-aid solution, it's a perfectly suitable replacement. From the aforementioned article, here is a list of features:
- Full gvfs support with seamless access to remote filesystems (Able to handle sftp://, webdav://, smb://, ...etc when related backends of gvfs are installed.)
- Thumbnails for pictures (default only for local pictures) with optional EXIF support
- Desktop management - shows wallpaper and desktop icons, highly customisable, with possibility to have different wallpapers on each desktop and on each monitor
- Bookmarks - saved places. You can see them in the left panel of PCManFM. Visible from other Gtk+ applications.
- Multilingual (translated in several languages)
- Can be started in one second on normal machine
- Tabbed windows (similar to Firefox tabs)
- Volume management (mount/unmount/eject, requires gvfs) with optional automounting
- Drag & Drop support
- Files can be dragged among tabs
- File association support (e.g. default application to open)
- Provides icon view, compact view, detailed list view and thumbnail view.
- Standard compliant (follows the FreeDesktop.org guidelines)
- Clean and user-friendly interface (GTK+ 2)
- Trash can support
- Applications menu virtual folder support
- Applications system menu full editing is available
- File system advanced search
- Optional two-panel view mode
- Full accessibility support for persons with disabilities
- A possibility to have different view options for some folders
- Customizable main window layout
- Third-party plugins support
- Extended terminal emulators support
- File templates support (both GNOME and KDE styles are supported) to simple creation of new files
The normal thing to try is setting
LC_COLLATE=C in your environment, but according to Debian bug 436524, Thunar does not respect that setting.
In that bug, the suggestion is to set MiscCaseSensitive to True in
I don't know if that sorts symbols first or not, but it might help.