Re: Proposal: gnome-user-share


On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 05:52:07PM -0600, Shaun McCance wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-12-01 at 16:44, Peter Williams wrote:
> > On Wed, 2004-12-01 at 16:00 -0600, Shaun McCance wrote:
> > > The one thing that scares me about this is the possibility of filling up
> > > the hard drive with files a user can't see.  I decide I hate everything
> > > I've been writing and delete my ~/Documents folder, which is actually a
> > > symlink to ~/.Documents, though I don't know that.  The link is deleted,
> > > but the dot directory is still there, eating up drive space with files I
> > > thought I'd deleted.
> > >
> > > Of course, it's not an insurmountable problem.  Some special-casing of
> > > deletion in Nautilus would do the trick.  But it's something we should
> > > keep in mind if we go this route.
> > 
> > Is it even that much of a problem? Probably the only users who are going
> > to delete Documents/Pictures/Downloads are the ones who never use them
> > anyway, so there won't be a lot of big files remaining hidden.
> Not the biggest problem in the world, but it's one worth considering,
> particularly considering how simple the solution would be.  Imagine a
> user who decides the time is finally ripe to rerip all his music in Ogg
> Vorbis.  He deletes ~/Music and gets ripping.
> And ~/Downloads is, by nature, temporary storage.  I could easily see a
> user downloading a 600MB ISO, burning it, and then deleting ~/Downloads.
> > And, as always, disk space is cheap.
> No, it really isn't.  "Disk space is cheap" is a fine excuse for not
> compressing every data file, or for having persistent caches.  It's not
> a good excuse to leave files around that the user can't reasonably find
> and delete.  That's like saying memory leaks are fine, because RAM is
> cheap.
> My ~/Music folder has over 100GB of data.  That is not the kind of disk
> space I want to just lose because "disk space is cheap".

Whats wrong with hard links?


Trent Lloyd <lathiat bur st> Networking Inc.

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