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Bug 154370 - Nautilus ALT-drag "link" menu option should give the option of relative link creation.
Summary: Nautilus ALT-drag "link" menu option should give the option of relative link ...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nautilus
Version: rawhide
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matthias Clasen
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-04-11 07:39 UTC by Stephen Warren
Modified: 2013-05-08 23:53 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Stephen Warren 2005-04-11 07:39:35 UTC
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Description of problem:
When ALT-dragging files in nautilus, an option on the menu is "link". This creates a symlink at the drag target to the drag source. These symlinks are always absolute. Relative paths often make much more sense, e.g. so that they are portable if the filesystem is rsync'd to another machine at a different location in the filesystem. The user should be given the option to create relative links.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
0. Assume this tree structure:
1. Open a nautilus window.
2. Navigate so /mnt/severn_photos/all_a70/2004 is visible in the right-pane
3. Click and drag directory 2004_01_01_something in the right pane using the left mouse button, keep it held down
4. Press and hold ALT
5. Move the mouse over /mnt/severn_photos/00_by_data/2004 in the left-hand tree view. Release the button
6. A popup menu will appear. One of the options in "Link". Click this option.

Actual Results:  An absolute symlink will be created -

filename /mnt/severn_photos/00_by_data/2004/2004_01_01_something
target   /mnt/severn_photos/all_a70/2004/2004_01_01_something

Note that the link target is always an absolute filename.

Expected Results:  Absolute symlinks don't always make sense. In my case, I'd like this:

filename /mnt/severn_photos/00_by_data/2004/2004_01_01_something
target   ../../all_a70/2004/2004_01_01_something

There should be a "Link Absolute" and "Link Relative" option in the menu that appears at step 6 in "Steps to Reproduce".

Alternatively, there should be a preferences option to select whether to create absolute or relative symlinks.

A new menu option would be preferable, since that would allow easy selection of the link style every time a drag operation was performed. Otherwise, any time you wanted something different, you'd have to go edit a preference, which would be painful.

Also, an "convert absolute link to relative" (and vice-versa) option in a symlink's right-click menu would be useful.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Matthew Miller 2006-07-10 20:22:13 UTC
Fedora Core 3 is now maintained by the Fedora Legacy project for security
updates only. If this problem is a security issue, please reopen and
reassign to the Fedora Legacy product. If it is not a security issue and
hasn't been resolved in the current FC5 updates or in the FC6 test
release, reopen and change the version to match.

Thank you!

Comment 2 Stephen Warren 2007-11-11 22:26:12 UTC
Re-opening. This bug is still present in F8 (nautilus-2.20.0-6.fc8)

[This is why bugs in old releases shouldn't be closed out just because the
release is old - doing nothing and ignoring bugs doesn't make them magically go
away or get fixed]

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Comment 4 Stephen Warren 2008-11-27 06:25:58 UTC
Bug still present; moving to rawhide.

[This is why bugs in old releases shouldn't be closed out just because the
release is old - doing nothing and ignoring bugs doesn't make them magically go
away or get fixed]

Comment 5 Matthias Clasen 2009-06-11 18:06:02 UTC
> doing nothing and ignoring bugs doesn't make them magically go
> away or get fixed

Keeping feature requests downstream where there is very little interest in handling them is not a very successful strategy either, as you are discovering...
I recommend moving this upstream to

Comment 6 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2013-05-08 23:53:44 UTC
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.

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