Here are some small Python scripts I have written over time. Usually they are tested on a recent version of Ubuntu Linux

This scripts are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. You are free to do with them what ever you want.


A very simple extension for Nautilus, the standard file manager for the GNOME desktop, to print files from the context menu.

It’s not very sophisticated and doesn’t give any error messages if something goes wrong. It doesn’t do any file type conversion but relies on what your print system can do - so don’t expect too much.


nautilus-print needs:

  • libautilus-extension Python bindings

    Tested with version 0.6.1 as distributed with Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”.

    For Ubuntu that’s the package python-nautilus

  • GtkLP

    Tested with version 1.2.7 as distributed with Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”.

    For Ubuntu that’s the package gtklp


Save the file as $HOME/.nautilus/python-extensions/ and restart Nautilus (e.g. log out and log in or run nautilus --quit from the command line).


Right click on a local file in Nautilus. You should see a menu that somewhere has a Print item. Click on that to start GtkLP with the selected file(s).


A simple script to put documents on GNOME’s recently used document list


addtorecent needs:




addtorecent URI [MIME-type] [app] [cmd]
  • URL is the path or URI of the document

  • MIME-type is its MIME-type and defaults to text/plain

  • app is a name of an application you want to associate with this document

    and defaults to xdg-open

  • cmd is the command line to start app

    and defaults to xdg-open %F

With Emacs

See here for how to use this with Emacs