Re: Nautilus usability and nit-picks
- From: Chris Chabot <chabotc xs4all nl>
- Cc: desktop-devel-list gnome org, limbo-list redhat com, nautilus-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Nautilus usability and nit-picks
- Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 15:02:40 +0200
Jeff Waugh wrote:
<quote who="Chris Chabot">
First of all, when i drag & drop a file (from window to window or
window to desktop) it copies the file, instead of moving it.. This for
me feels as very counter-intuitive (in real life when i move stuff
around, it doesn't copy it self, but actualy 'moves' ;-) Also this is
the type of behaviour Windows has made me to come to expect from a file
manager.. drag&drop = move..
Windows and Nautilus seem to follow the same behaviour, but it's a bit less
obvious under *nix. That is:
If you're dragging to a location on the same volume, move. If you're
dragging to a location on a different volume, copy.
Ahh, actualy yes, that was my bad. The thing is that i have my .gnome-desktop
linked to a NFS shared location .. this way i have a common desktop on all
my work stations. In this process it is eay to forget that indeed it 'is
a different volume'. It still seems a little counter-unix style though..
you mount a nfs share (be it your .gnome-desktop dir or a complete home directory)
into your file system; Fully transparent. This is quite opposite to the windows philosophy
where a network share is quite appart from your local file systems. (Windows
treats eveything as different drives where-as unix treats everything as a
global storage tree on the same 'drive')
Is it the right-thing-to-do to follow the Microsoft Windows(Tm) way of move/copy
when our file system philosophy is so different? (thats an actual question,
not rhetorical) or are we over-duplicating windows behaviour here?
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