#234 Reworking of the properties dialog - Part 1


As already said I have a few ideas to make the properties dialog better. I have found a little time to finish the first part. In the attachments is an example graphic which shows the changes.

In my opinion using checkboxes to show the permissions are the most easiest way to understand them. I have even split the execution flag for files and directories to avoid problems if somebody want to make recursive changes. This means on recursive changes directories are only getting the Access flag and files are only getting the Execute flag. This way somebody can easily give all his directories and files read and write permissions without making all files executable but be able to access all directories.

If only files are selected and the properties dialog is opened theoretically the Access row isn't needed. But in my opinion the row shouldn't be hidden instead all checkboxes should be unchecked and greyed out so that they are not clickable. If a directory is selected all rows should still be shown.

The behavior how the changes are recursively taken should be still the same as it currently is.

Just say me what you think about this changes. If they are fine I will continue with the second part.


  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2012-07-12

    I'm sorry but no, those checkboxes are unacceptable since unexperienced users (imagine some girl who first time started linux) will ask - "What is all that??? That's too difficult to understand!". When there is more than 3 selection fields in the page then the page may be already considered difficult and you know, current one has 5. And your has 14! The current variant is the simplest one for unexperienced users so let it be. Experienced users can use chmod or other tools. If you want to suggest something then make it as simple as possible, please. Thank you in any case!

  • Sworddragon

    Sworddragon - 2012-07-12

    What about to make such checkboxes accessable for "experienced" users with a configuration value?

  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2012-07-12

    I prefer to just extend it (and only a bit!) for experienced users instead of replacing so find another ideas, please, as even being experienced I feel uncomfortable with those checkboxes.
    Thank you!

  • Lonely Stranger

    Lonely Stranger - 2014-01-04
    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix

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