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Bug 47091 - "." files should be visually distinguished from the rest of your files
"." files should be visually distinguished from the rest of your files
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: general
Other All
: Normal enhancement
: future
Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
: 405281 563113 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2001-02-27 15:27 UTC by Josh Barrow [No longer recieving mail]
Modified: 2012-08-13 22:33 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: Unversioned Enhancement

Description Josh Barrow [No longer recieving mail] 2001-09-10 01:03:10 UTC
"." files (hidden files) when turned on by an expert user should somehow be
distinguished from the rest of the files.

Perhaps they should be partially transparent or greyed out.  

A larger scope to this would be to show things like permissions by how greyed
out the file/folder is in general.

This is a way past 1.0 feature idea thingy.  


------- Bug moved to this database by 2001-09-09 21:03 -------
Comment 1 John Fleck 2002-01-05 04:23:42 UTC
Changing to "old" target milestone for all bugs laying around with no milestone set.
Comment 2 Christian Neumair 2005-10-12 14:14:53 UTC
Usability crew, do you agree with Josh?
Comment 3 Calum Benson 2005-10-12 17:00:50 UTC
Showing "hidden-ness" would probably be useful, although I'm not sure how we'd
make it work very well in the high contrast themes.  I guess you could use an
emblem instead of transparency, although that would probably look clunky.  The
scope presumably shouldn't be confined to dot files, either, it should be
whatever files are actually hidden. (Dot files, files listed in .hidden, and
whatever else we hide these days.)

Showing other things by "degree of greyed-outness" might not be so clever
though... the problem with showing things comparatively is that, by definition,
you always need something else nearby to compare against, and you can't always
guarantee that in a file manager.  ("Is this icon 50% transparent or 75%
transparent?", "Are these two icons at the opposite sides of my screen the same
transparency or different?" etc.)
Comment 4 palfrey 2008-12-03 16:52:06 UTC
*** Bug 405281 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 palfrey 2008-12-03 16:52:08 UTC
*** Bug 563113 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Emmanuel Fleury 2008-12-08 16:24:47 UTC
Cannot we just add an emblem or so, in order to make them different ?
Comment 7 bzb.dev001 2008-12-08 17:28:16 UTC
I should also note that some people would configure nautilus to show files in list mode with associated icons at 25% size.

Whatever the current method to assoc a file with an emblem would remain the same. The only difference is that there should be a gray version of these emblems to be used to represent hidden files.
Comment 8 William Jon McCann 2012-08-13 22:33:36 UTC
They are visually differentiated by the fact that they aren't displayed by default, that they are sorted differently due to being prefixed by a ".". I don't think it makes sense to make them harder to use when someone has to go out of their way to make them visible. If they do that then they are probably interested in seeing them. So, using transparency or the like isn't a good idea.