Ticket #114 (new enhancement)
[FrReq] hide dotfiles in home directory
|Reported by:||pabs||Owned by:|
|Branch state:||no branch||Votes for changeset:|
Description (last modified by ossi) (diff)
|Submitted by:||Paul Wise <pabs>||Submitted on:||Tue 14 Jun 2005 09:08:04 AM UTC|
|Category:||Screen output||Severity:||1 - Wish|
|Assigned to:||Roland Illig <rillig>||Open/Closed:||Open|
|Release:||All versions||Operating System:||All|
I'd like to be able to show dotfiles by default, but not when in my homedir (because there are so many there). A similar option for the root user - hide dotfiles when in any home dir - might also be useful. PS: sorry if this is the wrong place to post RFEs
Comment 1 by Roland Illig <rillig> at Tue 14 Jun 2005 10:27:16 AM UTC:
That's a nice idea. Roland
Comment 2 by Anonymous at Tue 14 Jun 2005 12:56:40 PM UTC:
I would like a custom directory entry, that says: "(hidden files)" or "(hidden directories)" When you press enter over it, it will display all hidden files or directories. These entries will only be displayed IF there is hidden files or directories.
Comment 3 by Egmont Koblinger <egmont> at Wed 15 Jun 2005 07:16:41 AM UTC:
It is a really bad idea and even raises security issues if a normal user can control the behavior how root sees his/her files. Whether or not hidden files are displayed to root should only depend on root's settings and not on any user's settings. Anyway I guess the same holds for normal users, too. I do want to see joe's dotfiles if I have permission to, no matter if joe has a directory entry called "(hidden files)". To comment #2: the original reporter (pabs) wanted to make the "show dotfiles" the default and have an exception for one directory. Your proposal is the opposite: make "don't show dotfiles" the default and allow to take exceptions. I don't think pabs wants to create such a special file in every directory except his home. However, someone else might want it the way you want it. So then we should have the possibility to override mc's default in both ways: force show, and force not show. Now this leads to so many possible filenames with special meanings to mc. If this feature is required at all, I suggest using only one filename or directory which begins with a dot (such as .mc_specials) and put all the configuration stuff in this file or under this directory. This would be quite similar then to the CVS or .svn directories of the version controlling systems. Anyway, I basically don't like this whole idea of custom directory entries, IMHO mc should not pollute the filename namespace and should not create files that disturb me outside mc (e.g. in "ls", "nautilus" etc...). I'm perfectly okay with a global configuration options "show dotfiles except in my home" if more people would like to see it. If some more general method is needed, take a look at http://freshmeat.net/projects/hidefile/ which is an example on how to hide files outside of mc's scope so that ls, nautilus etc. are also influenced. My biggest trouble is that once we have this "force hidden files" and "force no hidden files" per-directory options, I'm afraid no-one can stop people requesting dozens of similar stupid per-directory configuration options, such as to have different Listing mode, different editor/viewer etc. to each directory.
Comment 4 by Paul Wise <pabs> at Wed 15 Jun 2005 07:54:19 AM UTC:
I would prefer that my idea was not the default - it could be confusing to some users. The default would remain as it is. > It is a really bad idea and even raises security issues if a > normal user can control the behavior how root sees his/her > files. Whether or not hidden files are displayed to root should > only depend on root's settings and not on any user's settings. Indeed, and I meant it would be a per-user setting. I agree that this could set an annoying precedent for the mc developers, feel free to ignore it.
- Type changed from defect to enhancement
- Summary changed from savannah: hide dotfiles in home directory to [FrReq] hide dotfiles in home directory