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Bug 427807 - Why not use IEC unit Kibi for files size?
Why not use IEC unit Kibi for files size?
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: File Properties Dialog
Other Linux
: Normal enhancement
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Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
: 458869 551541 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-04-09 10:09 UTC by Jérôme Dautzenberg
Modified: 2008-09-28 13:06 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.17/2.18

Description Jérôme Dautzenberg 2007-04-09 10:09:30 UTC
Kibi (Ki) = 1024 (2^10)
Mibi (Mi) = 1048576 (2^20) and no confusion

A good external link here:
Comment 1 André Klapper 2007-12-21 17:05:20 UTC
because nobody will understand it and "normal" people are used to kB?
Comment 2 A. Walton 2008-05-05 21:34:25 UTC
There was a pretty long series of knock-down, drag-out mailing list threads about this during the GIO migration, and the end result is that it was decided that g_format_size_for_display() would always return base 2 units; as a result of Nautilus being a direct consumer of this API, and as a result of wanting to be as kind to users as possible and not change set-in behaviors, this is how we work too. for a small piece of the discussion (you should be able to navigate the archives from that point and see the rest).

So I'm closing this as WONTFIX as a result of the above. (Please don't turn this into a war). There was a suggestion that maybe we could make it locale dependent for those who want e.g. en_US_GEEKY_SIZES, but nothing ever came of it. If you really want to push this, open a bug against GLib and the g_format_size_for_display() function.

Comment 3 A. Walton 2008-05-07 18:08:41 UTC
*** Bug 458869 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 A. Walton 2008-09-10 03:37:45 UTC
*** Bug 551541 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Christian Neumair 2008-09-28 13:06:26 UTC
I opened bug 554172 against GLib.