Ticket #3863 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

Simple copy/move dialog

Reported by: graywolf Owned by:
Priority: trivial Milestone:
Component: mc-core Version: master
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The copy/move dialog contains advanced options that may be redundant in everyday use of Midnight Commander. These options may be used very rarely.

Under advanced options I mean the source mask field and all check boxes.

I propose to allow the user to hide these advanced options in options -> configuration dialog. Do the “Use simple copy/move dialog” check box for it. By that check box the user may turn on the simple copy/move dialog.

I attached the example of simple copy/move dialog.


simple_dialog.png (1.3 MB) - added by graywolf 6 years ago.
Example of simple copy/move dialog.

Change History

Changed 6 years ago by graywolf

Example of simple copy/move dialog.

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by andrew_b

  • Priority changed from major to trivial
  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Milestone Future Releases deleted

I can't see any reason for that.
Apparently, won't fix.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by graywolf

I don't agree with wontfix.
I think advanced options including "with source mask" may distract user from the work.
In that dialog the user often only checks is the selection and destination right.
The power user always will be able to turn the advanced options on.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by egmont

I agree with andrew_b. The proposal raises some questions for which I can't see a proper answer.

Which one would be the default? I assume the simple one (if the complex, probably nobody would take time to find this option and switch to the simpler.)

How would the complex one be discoverable then? Is it really expected for people, when they face this stripped down dialog, to occur to them that there might be a setting for advanced options, go around in the settings and find and enable it?

What if someone only rarely needs these options? Should they go into the trouble of toggling a global setting back and forth?

If this request is implemented at all, which I don't find a good idea, there should be a way to open the advanced options right there in the copy/move dialog after you've pressed F5/F6, without having to go elsewhere. Would this action then change the default? If not, how would users find where to change the default? If yes, would people really care to revert?

Would you be doing the same with other dialogs such as Find File as well? How would you decide which ones are the advanced options?

To me this sounds a request that further complicates the codebase, makes arbitrary and hence questionable UI decisions, requires more keypresses to achieve certain things, and so it's heavily questionable whether it adds any usability value at all, probably just overcomplicates things.

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