Nautilus (see Figure 1) is a popular GUI file manager for Linux and is the default file manager in Ubuntu Linux 12.04. It functions similarly to Windows Explorer on Windows systems and Finder on Macs. One key feature of Nautilus is the ability to add custom functionality by incorporating user-created back-end scripts. These scripts work much like plug-ins for a web browser and extend Nautilus's basic functionality. We have included a number of custom Nautilus scripts in the BitCurator Environment specifically geared to assist the digital archivist in pre-ingest data analysis. See below for specific instruction on how to use Nautilus to perform a number of critical data analysis tasks.
Figure 1: Nautilus file manager in Ubuntu Linux 12.04
Common disk image, file, and metadata handling tasks: