Re: File manager tree.
- From: Cory Watson <gphat cafes net>
- To: gnome-list gnome org, gnome-hackers nuclecu unam mx
- Subject: Re: File manager tree.
- Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 17:12:56 +0000
Perhaps simply providing the option to disable it would be better?.? Or
maybe disabling by default.
At 12:36 PM 5/28/99 -0500, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> So I fixed the bug people were reporting with the file manager tree
>for displaying incorrect data. But this is not an optimal solution.
> The problem is as follows:
> 1. The Windows-like feature of the tree in the file manager is
> that you get a little square next to each directory which
> can be empty for directories that do not contain any
> subdirectories or a box with a plus sign, if the directory
> contains subdirectories.
> If you have a plus sign ([+]) and click on it, it converts
> to a [-] icon and opens the tree.
> This is a nice feature.
> 2. Slow file systems are all over the place in Unix. They
> appear on the most unusual places: special directories might
> refer to remote servers (afs, dfs), arbitrary locations can
> be slow (NFS /users), or special vfs places (/#smb/ for
> server listings).
> The big problem here is that in order to achieve (1) you need to
>do a 2-level scan of the directories: one pass to scan all the names
>returned and stat the thing to figure out if the name is a directory,
>or if it is a file (ie, if it is a subdirectory, we need to scan the
>child to see if it has directories, in that case, we need to stick a
>[+] sign there).
> So, I would like to get rid of nice-feature-on-point-1. It is
>nice, yes, but it makes all sorts of people upset because they can not
>use the file manager on their systems.
> Is there any objections to me removing the [+] feature from the
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