Re: [Nautilus-list] directory content cache idea

El 10 Jun 2001 11:35:59 +0200, christian glodt ist lu escribió:
> Hello,
> In somewhat bigger directories, the icon view takes
> quite some time to stabilize the display of all the
> icons. I think this happens because the view is
> re-layouting the icon positions and sizes as the
> directory contents are discovered.
> IMHO, the view would be much more usable in big
> directories if the layout was done more quickly and
> if icons were drawn directly in their correct size
> and position.
> Directory contents are loaded asynchronously and
> incrementally. This is probably a gnome-vfs matter,
> and is generally a good thing.
> However the initial display of icons could be sped up
> if directory contents did not drip into the view,
> always causing an expensive and ugly re-layout.
> A solution to this may be an on-disk directory contents
> cache. It should contain the files and sub-directories
> contained in a directory, along with their mime-type.
> Displaying directory contents would first get the list
> of files/dirs in the directory from the cache (preferably
> first the items that will be visible immediately).
> Then it would be checked if the files in the list
> obtained from the cache still exist. From this point
> on, the files can be displayed, while the cache is
> updated in the background, and new files (not known to
> the cache) are brought in conventionally.
> Along with the directory contents and mime-type, the
> cache could also contain icon sizes. The number of
> relayouts could probably be reduced significantly.
> The cache could also return the items in the optimal
> order for display, thus simplifying the layout logic's
> task.
> Maybe some of this is already implemented. I don't know.
> I just thought I would share my ideas. Maybe they will
> be useful.
I don't really know anything about Medusa, but I think that a Medusa
query could serve as the cache. (If only Medusa was usable...)
> Christian Glodt
> P.S.
> Wouldn't it be cool if there was a sidebar containing
> all the mountpoints from /etc/fstab, allowing to mount/
> umount devices with a single click and letting me jump
> directly to them? Is anyone working on something like
> that?
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