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File Explorer

  • UI component that is a unified file browser for a range of file systems.
  • At the moment file:/, ftp:/, sftp:/ and ivo:/ (myspace) are supported
  • plus a few internal protocols which are used to represent running tasks, results, and astroscope queries.
  • There's a main file explorer window, plus an embedded file-viewer which is used within the TaskRunner and AstroScope windows to display processes and results.
  • Selecting one or more files updates the DesktopActivities list with actions possible on these files.
  • the same activites are also available from a drop-down menu, and a right-click-popup.
  • Files can be copied between locations via drag-and-drop - in this way, results can be saved out of astroscope by dragging them into a file explorer.


  • Implement the full range of DesktopActivities over files - move, rename, compress, cut/copy/paste, show properties.
  • Display progress information when performing tasks (e.g copy, delete) - so user can see something is happening, and has a chance to cancel it.
  • VOSpace filesystem support
  • Integrate drag-and-drop with the host Desktop - so that files can be uploaded by, eg, dragging them from Windows Explorer into a fileexplorer window, and vis-versa.
  • Plastic filesystem - browse connected plastic applications, each plastic message type they accept is presented as a 'drop folder' into which files can be dropped.
  • Support for other e-science filesystems? there's code available for GridFTP and SRB

-- NoelWinstanley - 28 Jun 2007

Topic revision: r2 - 2007-07-27 - 16:33:45 - NoelWinstanley
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