Re: [Nautilus-list] "not writeable" emblem

Hi Havoc,

        I agree that it's ugly having permissions emblems on every icon.

        I think one of your suggestions is great: only show a permissions
emblem for files that are "differently writeable"  than their containing
directory.  It seems pretty easy to implement; the hardest part will be
making the emblem images for the opposite states.

        Let me know if you'd like me to work on this.

-- Andy

Havoc Pennington wrote:

> Hi,
> One thing we currently have in the redhat-outstanding-patches branch
> is to turn off the "not writeable" emblem.
> The main motivation for this is simply that when you have the start
> here, preferences, etc. folders they are really ugly if you have this
> emblem on every icon. In some sense this is a lame reason; but I think
> it has some basis in usability, i.e. if you are looking for
> preferences, it's kind of not really relevant that the thing isn't
> writeable, and it's sort of distracting to have the emblem on
> everything.
> We considered some alternatives to turning the emblem off globally.
> For example, we considered turning it off for files if the folder
> containing the files was unwriteable. i.e. only show the emblem for
> files that were "differently writeable" from the folder. Then you
> might add a "writeable" emblem for the situation where the folder is
> unwriteable and the file is writeable.
> Another idea is to just turn it off for these special folders we
> expect to contain .desktop files.
> Another possibility is to turn it off for any .desktop file.
> Maybe someone has some insight here? I feel like our solution is lame
> but better than having the distracting emblem in the start here
> folders.
> Havoc
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