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Bug 628221 - Double-clicking on archive should extract it
Double-clicking on archive should extract it
Product: file-roller
Classification: Applications
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: file-roller-maint
: 628222 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-08-29 00:52 UTC by hey
Modified: 2020-11-11 19:12 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description hey 2010-08-29 00:52:47 UTC
Currently, clicking on an archive opens file-roller. To extract an archive, one needs to right-click and select ›Extract Here‹.

As the major use case for archives is extracting them rather than modifying files in them, this should be switched:
Double-clicking (or clicking in single-click mode) should extract the archive (like on Mac OS).
The right-click option for ›Extract Here‹ should be changed into something like ›Edit Contents‹, which would then launch file-roller.
Comment 1 Felipe Besoaín Pino 2010-08-29 01:36:14 UTC
*** Bug 628222 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Cosimo Cecchi 2010-08-29 10:47:53 UTC
-> file-roller

It's up to file-roller, not nautilus, which action should be done when it's opened with an archive file.
Comment 3 Vish 2010-08-30 07:51:27 UTC
I would disagree with auto-extracting *all* archives, there is a discussion and several concerns raised with that behavior at:

And a design spec: .

But definitely agree , the present behavior can be improved. Something in the line of Solution C would be a welcome change.
Comment 4 Jan Niklas Hasse (Account disabled) 2016-12-21 14:37:19 UTC
This has been fixed in nautilus 3.22, hasn't it?
Comment 5 André Klapper 2020-11-11 19:12:55 UTC is being replaced by We are closing all old bug reports and feature requests in GNOME Bugzilla which have not seen updates for a long time.

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