What about selecting up to the extension associated with the MIME type of the file. If no MIME extension, select whole filename including extension.

On 10/29/07, Stephen Watson <stephen@kerofin.demon.co.uk> wrote:
Patrick <skibler@gmail.com> wrote:

> When I go to rename a file, the dialogue box that pops up has the name
> of the file already highlighted, excluding the file extension.
> This is fine, but when you have a file with a name like
> "Pink.Floyd.DSOTM.flac" you will only have "Pink" highlighted. I guess
> it just stops at the first period. Would it not make more sense to
> select everything up to the last period?

This has been discussed before.  The problem is that it is not possible to
work out reliably which dot to stop highlighting at (consider files.zip and
release-1.1.tar.gz ), so we stick with the arbitrary method we already have.

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