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Bug 522739 - Mount icons in the desktop should be specially handled
Mount icons in the desktop should be specially handled
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: Desktop
Other Linux
: Normal enhancement
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Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-03-16 11:20 UTC by Lucas Rocha
Modified: 2018-01-02 18:46 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.23/2.24

Description Lucas Rocha 2008-03-16 11:20:52 UTC
In "Desktop" and "Computer", the context-sensitive menu for devices, mounts, audio disks, etc, should not have the usual menu items available for usual file and folder operations such as copy, move to trash, paste, create link, etc. 

Those menu items just clutter the menu with a bunch of disabled operations that just doesn't have any relation with mounts, devices, etc. 

For example, for a mounted partition item, there should only those items in the context-sensitive menu:

- Open
- Browse folder
- Unmount volume
- Properties

Maybe some other useful operations but nothing more than that.
Comment 1 Aredridel 2008-03-16 14:04:33 UTC
"me too"

I was just staring at the menu for the trash, looking for empty trash, and got caught on "move to trash", and had to think thrice about what I was doing. Same effect.
Comment 2 Rui Matos 2008-03-16 20:54:39 UTC
I think this bug should be assgned to the HIG which currently doesn't seem to say anything about context menus. It's an issue that should be dealt with globally to keep consistency.
Comment 3 Paul Drain 2008-03-17 15:06:27 UTC
What about USB sticks (CF cards, etc) that are mounted read-only, been mounted by the system (thus you don't have rights) or have run out of room?

Personally, I find the greyed out icons for Cut/Copy/Paste actions a big timesaver -- if I do a copy and paste, I can instantly tell right now if I can 'do' that, because the icons are there, but context-disabled.

If we remove those because of 'clutter' -- the next notification one gets is a 'cannot write to XXX' *after* they've attempted once, twice, three times to do such an action.

I agree the HIG should make a decision, but consider all the angles before setting one in stone.
Comment 4 Aredridel 2008-03-17 19:21:37 UTC
Indeed -- all possible actions for that item should be there, but totally inapplicable ones should be gone. 
Comment 5 António Fernandes 2018-01-02 18:46:45 UTC
Starting with version 3.28, nautilus will not handle the "files on desktop background" feature. For better alternatives, read this blog post