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Bug 341597 - on incorrect permissions dialog "cancel" acts like "skip" (asks the same question for the next item)
on incorrect permissions dialog "cancel" acts like "skip" (asks the same ques...
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: Cut Copy Paste Undo
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-05-12 23:11 UTC by Sven Arvidsson
Modified: 2021-06-18 15:13 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.13/2.14

Description Sven Arvidsson 2006-05-12 23:11:25 UTC
This was reported to the Debian BTS.

(Sorry if the button names are wrong. I am using the zh_TW locale and trying to run nautilus with LANG=C does not work.)

If a "file is in use" or similar error occurs during an "empty trash" operation, nautilus presents a dialog with the error message with the buttons "skip", "cancel", and "retry".

If the user presses "skip", the user would expect nautilus to delete the rest of the files. This is what happens.

If the user presses "cancel", the user would expect nautilus to immediately stop emptying the trash without trying to delete other files. However, this is not the case; nautilus continues to try to delete other files. This means that currently "cancel" and "overwrite" are functionally identical, but nautilus gives a false impression that the user has 3 choices instead of 2.

>From a user's perspective, either the "cancel" option should be fixed, or it should be removed.
Comment 1 Sebastien Bacher 2006-05-16 22:25:26 UTC
Ubuntu about that:

"Problems deleting on FAT partition (skip vs. cancel)

I have a mounted VFAT partition which is umask=022. As a normal user I don't have permissions to delete files, but when I select multiple files and choose to delete, cancel and skip apparently do the same thing. Basically there's no way to abort the action except clicking on skip or cancel numerous times. I'm guessing cancel should completely cancel the operation and skip should just skip the file. The behavior is normal on ext2/3 partitions, so I'm not sure where the problem is? Thanks :-)
> Thanks for your bug. What version of Ubuntu do you use?
Sorry about that, I'm using Dapper with Nautilus 2.14.1"
Comment 2 André Klapper 2021-06-18 15:13:03 UTC
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