Nemo Actions & Cinnamon Scripts

A collection of custom context menu actions for the Nemo file manager, along with some miscellaneous feature scripts intended for the Cinnamon desktop environment.

Also included is a GTK over-ride file to increase the width of GTK application scrollbars, improve the visibility of labels on desktop icons, and improve the visibility of text on the cinnamon lock-screen / screen-saver.

Nemo Actions

Nemo actions add additional context menu items to the right click menu in the Nemo file manager and on the Cinnamon desktop.

An action can be added to Nemo by saving it's definition file with the file extension .nemo_action in ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

Some actions in this repo also require an associated shell script. These should be saved in ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts and be made executable

Nemo Action installation

These instructions assume a Debian/Ubuntu based distro for the commands to install dependencies. For users of other distros please replace sudo apt with the equivalent for your distro's package management system.

First install git

sudo apt install git

Then clone this repo

git clone https://github.com/smurphos/nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts.git

Having cloned the repo you can either install all of the actions using the commands below or refer to the index of actions to install individual actions.

To install all of the nemo actions

cp -rv ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/ ~/.local/share/nemo

Install other dependencies used by the actions

sudo apt install zenity xdotool wmctrl gprename mediainfo-gui shellcheck searchmonkey spacefm catfish tree imagemagick

Either sudo apt install xplayer or sudo apt install totem

Open Nemo > Preferences > Plugins and review any actions you wish to disable.

Nemo Action updating

In a terminal navigate to the nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts folder created when you originally cloned the repo

e.g cd nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts

Once in the correct folder update your local copy with the latest commits, before reinstalling your actions.

git pull origin; cd ..

Nemo Actions Index

Action management actions

Sort actions

This action is obsolete in Nemo 4.6.x and later. Actions are sorted alphabetically by the filename of the action in the menu from this version of Nemo.

In earlier versions the ordering of actions in Nemo's context menu is based on the last modification date of the .nemo_action file.

This action and it's associated shell script will sort all installed actions alphabetically by the file name of the .nemo_action file. Assuming your action's display names are based on the file name this will result in actions being displayed in alphabetical order in the context menu.

sort_actions.nemo_action

sort_actions.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/sort_actions.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/sort_actions.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

Desktop context menu actions

Close windows actions.

A set of two actions and an associated shell script to allow the user to gracefully close all open windows on the current workspace or all workspaces via right click on the desktop.

close_windows_in_workspace.nemo_action

close_all_windows.nemo_action

close_windows.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/close_windows_in_workspace.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/close_all_windows.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/close_windows.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install xdotool wmctrl

Workspace management actions

A set of six actions to allow easy management of workspaces from the desktop context menu.

new-workspace.nemo_action

delete-workspace.nemo_action

previous_workspace.nemo_action

next_workspace.nemo_action

workspace_overview.nemo_action

window_overview.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/new-workspace.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/delete-workspace.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/previous_workspace.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/next_workspace.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/workspace_overview.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/window_overview.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

Background slide-show actions

An action to quickly toggle the desktop background slide-show, along with an action to select the next wallpaper when the slide-show is active.

toggle_slideshow.nemo_action

next-wallpaper.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/toggle_slideshow.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/next-wallpaper.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

Session management actions

The first two actions give quick access from the desktop context menu to the shutdown and logoff session dialogues.

session_menu_logout.nemo_action

session_menu_poweroff.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_menu_logout.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_menu_poweroff.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

These five actions immediately invoke the requested action.

session_reboot.nemo_action

session_shutdown.nemo_action

session_suspend.nemo_action

session_lock.nemo_action

session_logout.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_reboot.nemo_action~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_shutdown.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_suspend.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_lock.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/session_logout.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

General Actions

Edit as other user actions

These actions allow you to open text files with a password prompt for elevated privileges if necessary from a regular instance of Nemo. They will all open the file with the specified text-editor using sudoedit to elevate privileges as the owner of the file if that is not the user. The could be as root or another user on the system.

Three versions are supplied, using the CLI text editor Nano, Linux Mint's default GUI text editor Xed and finally the GUI text editor Geany. If you have a different preferred text editor the actions and scripts can easily be modified to suit your needs. The actions invoking a GUI text editor require zenity.

nano_sudoedit.nemo_action

nano_sudoedit_check.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/nano_sudoedit.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/nano_sudoedit_check.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

xed_sudoedit.nemo_action

xed_sudoedit_check.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/xed_sudoedit.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/xed_sudoedit_check.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

geany_sudoedit.nemo_action

geany_sudoedit_check.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/geany_sudoedit.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/geany_sudoedit_check.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

File actions as admin

These actions and their associated shell scripts allow the user to undertake a range of file management activities with elevated privileges if needed from a regular instance of Nemo.

They will all request password authentication if elevated privileges are necessary to complete the action.

All require zenity.

Copy to (Admin)

Supports single and multiple selections.

copy_to_admin.nemo_action

copy_to_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/copy_to_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/copy_to_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Move to (Admin)

Supports single and multiple selections

move_to_admin.nemo_action

move_to_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/move_to_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/move_to_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Supports single selections only.

create_link_in_target.nemo_action

create_link_in_target.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/create_link_in_target.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/create_link_in_target.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Create Directory (Admin)

This action has two nemo_action files, one for right-click on a directory, and one for right-click on empty space.

create_dir_admin.nemo_action

create_dir_admin_background.nemo_action

create_dir_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/create_dir_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/create_dir_admin_background.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/create_dir_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Create File (Admin)

This action has two nemo_action files, one for right-click on a directory, and one for right-click on empty space.

create_file_admin.nemo_action

create_file_admin_background.nemo_action

create_file_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/create_file_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/create_file_admin_background.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/create_file_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Delete (Admin)

Supports single and multiple selections.

delete_admin.nemo_action

delete_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/delete_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/delete_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Rename (Admin)

Supports single selections only.

rename_admin.nemo_action

rename_admin.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/rename_admin.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/rename_admin.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/zenity_askpass.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Disk Usage action

Select single or multiple files / directories to be presented with a zenity window showing the total disk usage of the selection. Based on an action by Linux Mint forum member sadhu

disk_usage.nemo_action

disk_usage.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/disk_usage.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/disk_usage.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

File metadata action

Select single files / directories to be presented with a zenity window summarising the gvfs metadata associated with file.

show_metadata.nemo_action

show_metadata.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/show_metadata.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/show_metadata.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

Show parent package action

Select single files or directories to be presented with a zenity window stating which debian package(s) installed the file or has content in the folder. This action is only for nemo installed on Debian based systems

show_parent_package.nemo_action

show_parent_package.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/show_parent_package.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/show_parent_package.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

Add to desktop actions

Two actions to quickly create a desktop link to a selected directory. Add link to desktop creates a link desktop file with the link emblem on the icon. However these links function slightly differently from a regular symlink as when opened it will open the original target location. Add launcher to desktop will result in a plain folder without a link emblem. The function is otherwise identical to add link to desktop

add_link_to_desktop.nemo_action

add_link_to_desktop.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/add_link_to_desktop.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/add_link_to_desktop.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Add launcher to desktop

add_launcher_to_desktop.nemo_action

add_launcher_to_desktop.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/add_launcher_to_desktop.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/add_launcher_to_desktop.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Bulk rename actions

Both these actions open the bulk rename utility GPrename. One action is for a single folder selection to bulk rename files in that folder. The other is for multiple selections and opens GPrename in the parent folder.

bulk_rename_files.nemo_action

bulk_rename_folders.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/bulk_rename_files.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/bulk_rename_folders.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

sudo apt install gprename

Apply custom emblems

This action allows the user to create and set custom emblems derived from image files, album art or video thumbnails to files and directories. For directories there is an option to use a random emblem generated from the directory contents and it can be run recursively on the selected directory and it's sub-directories.

Requires zenity, wmctrl, imagemagick and either xplayer or totem to be installed.

apply_custom_emblem.nemo_action

apply_custom_emblem.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/apply_custom_emblem.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/apply_custom_emblem.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity wmctrl imagemagick

Either sudo apt install xplayer or sudo apt install totem

Apply custom icon

This action action provides an alteranative to the stock icon picker to quickly apply an image as a custom icon for a file or directory. Requires zenity.

apply_custom_icon.nemo_action

apply_custom_icon.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/apply_custom_icon.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/apply_custom_icon.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt zenity

Set folder view recursively

This action allows the user to set default folder view (list, compact or icon) and zoom level recursively to a directory and it's sub-directories.

Requires zenity, wmctrl, and gio. Mint users should be aware that gio is only available in Mint 19 and later.

set_folder_view_recursively.nemo_action

set_folder_view_recursively.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/set_folder_view_recursively.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/set_folder_view_recursively.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity wmctrl

Media info

Shows information about media files in a separate window using mediainfo-gui - .

media-info.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/media-info.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

sudo apt install mediainfo-gui

Search with Searchmonkey

Opens the selected folder in Searchmonkey for more fine-tuned file system searches including search by contents.

catfish_search.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/catfish_search.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

sudo apt install catfish

Search with Searchmonkey

Opens the selected folder in Searchmonkey for more fine-tuned file system searches including search by contents.

searchmonkey.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/searchmonkey.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

sudo apt install searchmonkey

Opens the selected folder in SpaceFM's search tool for more fine-tuned file system searches including search by contents.

spacefm_search.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/spacefm_search.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

sudo apt install spacefm

View a tree-view directory structure in your browser

An action and associated shell script to produce an html tree-view of the directory and file structure below the selected directory. Requires tree - sudo apt install tree

print_tree.nemo_action

print_tree.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/print_tree.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/print_tree.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install tree

Copy a random selection of files from a directory

Ever wanted to grab a random selection of music files or pictures from a collection? This action is for you. Uses zenity to ask the user to confirm number of files and where to paste them.

get_random_file.nemo_action

get_random_files.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/get_random_file.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/get_random_files.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install zenity

Toggle checked emblem

An action and associated shell script to quickly add or remove a ✓ emblem to the file/folder.

toggle_checked.nemo_action

toggle_checked.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/toggle_checked.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/toggle_checked.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

Update a files modification date

touch_file.nemo_action

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/touch_file.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

Check a shell script for errors

This action and associated shell script will check your shell scripts for errors with shellcheck. Scripts with no issues will be marked with a checked emblem, scripts with warnings will be marked with a warning emblem and the shellcheck output along with the shell script itself will be opened in a text editor for review.

shellcheck.nemo_action

shellcheck.sh

To install after cloning repo

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/toggle_checked.nemo_action ~/.local/share/nemo/actions

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts/toggle_checked.sh ~/.local/share/nemo/actions/scripts

sudo apt install shellcheck

Cinnamon Scripts

This is a small selection of feature scripts that add new features or improve existing features for the Cinnamon desktop.

Cinnamon Scripts Installation

These instructions assume a Debian/Ubuntu based distro for the commands to install dependencies. For users of other distros please replace sudo apt woth the equivalent for your distro's package management system.

They also assume your distro is set up to automatically add ~/.local/bin/ to your $PATH when it exists. This is the case in Linux Mint main edition but not LMDE for example.

If after installation scripts are not autostarting on login check the output of echo $PATH. If the output does not include ~/.local/bin/ this can normally be rectified by adding the string PATH=~/.local/bin/:$PATH to ~/.profile

First install git

sudo apt install git

Then clone this repo if you haven't already.

git clone https://github.com/smurphos/nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts.git

Having cloned the repo you can either install all of the scripts using the commands below or refer to the index of scripts to install individual scripts.

To install all of the cinnamon scripts

cp -rv ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/bin/ ~/.local

sudo cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/opt/login_screen_random_background.sh /opt

To install autostart entries for relevant scripts

cp -rv ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/autostart/ ~/.config

Install dependencies required by the scripts

sudo apt install zenity xdotool wmctrl

See the scripts index for any other script specific setup recommendations.

Log off and back on.

Cinnamon Script updating

In a terminal navigate to the nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts folder created when you originally cloned the repo

e.g cd nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts

Once in the correct folder update your local copy with the latest commits, before reinstalling your scripts.

git pull origin; cd ..

Cinnamon Scripts Index

Lock Screen Slideshow

This script adds a user configurable desktop background slideshow function to the native Cinnamon screensaver/screen locker. It is intended to be run on user login as a startup application.

lock_screen_slideshow.sh

To install after cloning repo

mkdir -p ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/bin/lock_screen_slideshow.sh ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/autostart/lock_screen_slideshow.desktop ~/.config/autostart

Optionally review the script to amend end user editable variables to suit your preferences.

xdg-open ~/.local/bin/lock_screen_slideshow.sh

Logout and log back in.

Login Screen Random Background

This script facilitates the user being presented with a random background on the login screen. It is compatible with any Mint edition using Slick-Greeter and LightDM, not just Cinnamon. It is intended to be run from the root crontab.

login_screen_random_background.sh

To install after cloning repo

sudo cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/opt/login_screen_random_background.sh /opt

Optionally review the script to amend end user editable variables to suit your preferences.

sudoedit /opt/login_screen_random_background.sh

Login Screen Random Background is intended to be run from the root crontab. To set up run

sudo crontab -e

In the CLI text editor that opens add the following lines to the bottom of the file. Ctrl-O, Enter, Ctrl-X to save the new crontab entries. This will run the script on boot and every half an hour.

@reboot /opt/login_screen_random_background.sh
0,30 * * * * /opt/login_screen_random_background.sh

Workspace Background Switcher

This script allows the user to different backgrounds for each Cinnamon workspace. It is intended to be run on user login as a startup application.

workspace_background_switcher.sh

To install after cloning repo

mkdir -p ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/bin/workspace_background_switcher.sh ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/autostart/workspace_background_switcher.desktop ~/.config/autostart

Optionally review the script to amend end user editable variables to suit your preferences.

xdg-open ~/.local/bin/workspace_background_switcher.sh

Opacify Windows

This script allows the user to set default opacity levels for open windows based on the window status and type. For example unfocused windows can be translucent whilst focused windows are opaque. The effect is independent of the users theme and can be used with any GTK theme. It is intended to be run on user login as a startup application. Requires xdotool and wmctrl - sudo apt install xdotool wmctrl

opacify_windows.sh

To install after cloning repo

mkdir -p ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/bin/opacify_windows.sh ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/autostart/opacify_windows.desktop ~/.config/autostart

sudo apt install xdotool wmctrl

Optionally review the script to amend end user editable variables to suit your preferences.

xdg-open ~/.local/bin/opacify_windows.sh

Battery Event Warnings

This script uses zenity - sudo apt install zenity to open a warning window on battery low and critically low events. This can be helpful if gaming or watching full screen video whilst running on battery as the zenity window will demand attention. It is intended to be run on user login as a startup application. Please note the script modifies Cinnamon's default thresholds for Low & Critical battery events and actions. Please review the script if you want to set these thresholds to your preference.

battery_mon.sh

To install after cloning repo

mkdir -p ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.local/bin/battery_mon.sh ~/.local/bin

cp -r ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/autostart/battery_mon.desktop ~/.config/autostart

sudo apt install zenity

Optionally review the script to amend end user editable variables to suit your preferences.

xdg-open ~/.local/bin/battery_mon.sh

Miscellaneous tweaks

GTK over-ride for Cinnamon

This small gtk.css file over-rides is intended to improve visibility of desktop icon labels and screen-saver / screen-locker text on light coloured backgrounds. It also increases the width of scroll bars in GTK3 apps and allows the scrollbars size to vary with changes in text scaling factor.

gtk.css

Installation

First clone this repo if you haven't already.

git clone https://github.com/smurphos/nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts.git

To install the gtk.css over-ride file

cp -rv ./nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts/.config/gtk-3.0/ ~/.config

Log off and back on.

Nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts

A collection of custom context menu items for the Nemo file manager, along with some miscellaneous feature scripts intended for the Cinnamon desktop environment.

Nemo_actions_and_cinnamon_scripts Info

⭐ Stars 78
🔗 Source Code github.com
🕒 Last Update 7 months ago
🕒 Created 3 years ago
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😎 Author smurphos