Re: I want to be able to type in the filename...

Sean Middleditch wrote:

On Sat, 2004-12-11 at 19:25 +0100, Heinrich Rebehn wrote:
Toralf Lund wrote:
Can I change the GNOME fileselector behaviour so that I can type in the filename?

This is a lot faster and (ahem) *user friendlier* if you know in advance what you are looking for...
I have to second that. Also, how can i access files that are on an automounted (nonbrowsable) directory?

We don't want to display path names.  Having to understand the magic /
character (I know at least 6 people that call that "backslash") sucks.
Also, I'm not sure having to understand that two buttons next to each represent directory and sub directory, is a lot better. I'd definitely prefer a preview. Actually, I know a few people who are confused by that, too, but I think they actually have problems grasping the whole directory concept - so changing the graphical representation doesn't help them a lot. Differently put, I have a feeling that the people who are confused about this are equally confused about all known representations of the directories, so the best you can do is probably to choose the one that's most usable to the people who are a bit less confused. Unless you come up with a *fundamentally* different way of visualising the data organisation, that is.

The file selector has autocomplete, you don't need the full file entry
in most cases.  When you do, use ctrl-f.  It works, and it doesn't
require shoving more widgets into the main selector UI.

As for automounting, if you can't browse to the target directory, your
automounter is broken.  There should be empty folders that expand into
the full automounted tree when accessed.  If you are using an
automounter that can't do that, then make symlinks (i.e., /some-server
/some-server.mount).  I used to do that with an old, old system so I
could tab-complete from the shell to automounted directories.

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