GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 687247
open/save dialog needs way to default to last-used directory
Last modified: 2012-11-16 19:41:28 UTC
In all prior versions of Gnome, the open/save dialog box takes you to the same directory as the previous open/save operation. Now it defaults to "recently used" files.
While you can debate what default is best for the average user, as a programmer I *need* the old behavior back. If I have 3 branches of a project that I actively work on which have a 6-deep directory structure, it is insane for me to have to browse back into that directory structure each time I want to open a file. I also can't just "favorite" them because there are too many directories, and the branches have identical names.
The *only* practical way to go from the file I'm working on to a related file in the same or neighboring directory is to start from the last-used directory! It baffles me how fellow software developers could possibly change their own open/save dialogs to not have this capability.
Either way, I need this functionality or I can't practically use Gnome 3. I don't care if it is the shipped default, but there needs to be a way to revert it.
I know you're going to laugh at me assigning it 'major' priority, but I really can't use Gnome 3 without the old open/save behavior!
Please see comment #53 in bug #658280 - there is a patch in progress to implement this. If people find this convenient, I'll include the patch in the mainline.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 658280 ***