Re: [PATCH]: Make file properties dialog a window

On Thu, 2002-11-28 at 07:07, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> The fact that the settings are saved per-directory metadata implies that 
> it's used consistantly, but in fact only the view uses it. It is not used 
> by the tree sidebar or when calculating icon counts (although those do use 
> the global prefs).

Picky, picky, picky...  :) OK, I'll fix those bugs later if the patch is

> Maybe it would be better with a setting that is per-window only. So you 
> can override the global setting. The setting would be the same when you 
> change directories, but isn't saved in the directory metadata. So if you
> view it in a different window the setting can be different there.

Hmm, so you're basically suggesting a navigation property instead of an
object property...  That's a tough call.

A navigation property would be useful if you were using "Show Hidden
Files" to look for something, in which case you might want to navigate
around with the same settings until you found it.

An object property would be helpful if you were using "Show Hidden
Files" because of the content of a directory.  F.e. you might always
want "Show Backup Files" for directories with source code (because of
emacs), or "Show Hidden Files" for your kernel tree (because of your

Since I began working on this to satisfy the second situation, I'd
prefer the object property approach,  but I don't care too much.

Ah, it's too bad we don't have a navigation mode in addition to an
object mode...

 - David

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