Vine Toolkit User Guide

Vine Toolkit core components

File Manager

Introduction

One of the most popular software used by computer users is a tool for browsing resources. Each platform has its own way for managing files, directories or other data structures. The first well known user friendly file manager was Norton Commander available on DOS machines. With the evolution of operating system file browsers changed radically. Every software provider has its own view of browsing data - Apple built Finder and Microsoft has Explorer. But approach where user can list two different file locations in the same moment and is able to manipulate files at once is the easiest, most effective and popular. Cause of that for the most platforms exists some variation of Norton Commander. For example for Linux machines there is a Midnight Commander, for Windows there is a Total Commander and for Mac OS there is a muCommander.
File Manager offered by the Vinetoolkit software gives to a user similar facilities to other well known file browsing solutions but available in web browser environment. Advantage of that it is fully portable so it can be run in any platform with web browser access.

Basics

The main view (Figure 1) of Vinetoolki File Manager is divided into two panels. On each panel user can select file resource to browse. These file resources should be defined in a proper configuration file by the portal administrator. Currently Vinetoolkit supports file system such as:

  • GT4 – GridFTP
  • Unicore 6
  • Portal File System
  • WebDav
  • Gria 5.3
  • iRODS
  • DMS (Data Management System)

Figure 1. File Manager main viewFigure 1. File Manager main view

User can select one of the defined resources from the list accessible on the top of each panel (Figure2). List of available files and directories will be available after selecting one of the resources. Figure 1 shows the example list of files and directories different on both panels. Not only names are visible but also date of a last modification, a file size and a kind of listed items – if it is a directory or a file.

Figure 2. Browsing file resourcesFigure 2. Browsing file resources

Changing directory can be done by two ways. First one is to write the path to a directory into the text field below the selected resource. Go to up directory functionality is done by clicking a green arrow next to a text field. Second method of changing location is by double clicking mouse button on selected directory. These methods are most intuitive and user friendly.

File Operations

File manager application gives to a user possibility to do basic operation on files like:

  • copy files between resources
  • delete files
  • change file names
  • download files
  • upload files from the local storage
  • open files with the associated applications
  • create directories
  • change directories names

To copy file between two resources user needs to drag selected item from one panel and drop it on the target panel using mouse controller. Selecting a file is done by clicking mouse button one time. Double clicking on the file is causing opening it with associated program. If there isn't any application associated with the file type file manager will save the file on the selected location.

User can access to the context menu of each file or directory after selecting one and clicking right mouse button on selected object. Through the context menu user can delete file, change file's or directory's name or download file.

Bellow the list of files there are two buttons – to upload file and to create new directory. After clicking on 'Upload file' button user will have to select a file from the local storage. File will be transfered to a chosen in File Manger resource. Selecting 'Make directory' couse opening new dialog where user will put new directory's name.