Re: Deactivating the Trash
- From: Matthew Thomas <mpt myrealbox com>
- To: nautilus-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Deactivating the Trash
- Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 18:42:36 -0300
On 5 Sep, 2005, at 4:42 AM, Alexander Larsson wrote:
On Sat, 2005-09-03 at 21:46 -0300, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
Automatically delete items from the Trash:
[ Never :^]
Yeah. This seems like a good idea.
Now in Bugzilla <http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=315022>.
Perhaps we should also somehow notice when disks are near full and the
trash is large and auto-clean it?
That would be a separate feature, though it would alter the interface
for deleting old items a bit: the "Never" option above would be
replaced by a checkbox, to be parallel with the option for deleting
when nearly full.
Automatically delete old items from the Trash:
[/] [after 1 month :^]
[/] when a disk has less than [ 100 MB]H free
However, there would be a few problems with doing this. First, it would
be hard to come up with a meaningful way of specifying a threshold that
worked for volumes of wildly varying sizes (hard disks, USB keys,
floppy disks, etc). Such an option could be made volume-specific and
presented in the volume's Properties window, but that would be an
unfortunate separation from the rest of the Trash options. (Windows
puts each device in its own tab in the Recycle Bin Properties, but the
interface is very awkward.
Second, when you're running out of disk space, emptying the Trash isn't
the only -- or even necessarily the best -- potential source of free
space. To compare with Windows again, since Windows 98 it has had a
Disk Cleanup Wizard letting you choose from a variety of things you
might want to delete.
And third, if even emptying the Trash doesn't make enough room on the
disk to get beyond the threshold, the Trash will unexpectedly turn into
a black hole. Anything you put in it will be deleted immediately.
Matthew Paul Thomas
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