I have a console only debian install. I installed X, and then slim, and now I would like to add a minimal file manager, one step up from the terminal/console... I installed xfe, but noticed that uses dozens of dependencies, is there anything more lightweight but yet graphical?

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    Try midnight commander shoter just mc. But as I know the xfce have own small and quick pcmanfm – Costas Nov 18 '14 at 14:48
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    mc or, even more minimalistic, ls – kirill-a Nov 18 '14 at 15:07

Yes, there is something lighter graphically you can use yes, but it is important to understand that a file manager is different from a window manager: a file manager as the name suggests will be responsible for assisting in controlling and managing files, folders, etc ... so there are other items that are installed with it the XFE is a good example of a lightweight file manager as well, but if you want you can try to use a combination of manager windows "BlackBox" which is very light and simple, and use the MC - "Midnight Commander" to assist you in managing files and folders, "copy, delete, move, etc ..." as I even got to use, is something very light and simple, but woe is doque question exactly you demand and how and where you want to use this setting, ok!

  • +1 For mc. In addition to being light and fast, it is IMO one of the best pieces of software ever. It's the always first thing I install and one of the things I use the most. – goldilocks Nov 18 '14 at 15:15
  • wow mc, graphical yet so console... – sprocket12 Nov 18 '14 at 15:33

The most light weight file managers I'm aware of are emelFM2 which I used in DSL a while back and XFM. I've got a coworker that uses Arch and recommends nero(personally I haven't used it yet), unfortunately I'm not able to find a link or list of dependencies for nero right off.

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