Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#11224 closed Bug report (wontfix)

links shown as directories

Reported by: tessus Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: FileZilla Client
Keywords: Cc:
Component version: Operating system type: OS X
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Description

I've been noticing this for years and I hoped it would be fixed at some point, but unfortunately it hasn't been.

Links are shown as directories, which is more than just confusing.

When I use a commandline sftp client the files are shown as files/links. The information is available, thus Filezilla should be able to show them as links and not as directories.

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Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by Tim Kosse

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

The information is available, thus Filezilla should be able to show them as links and not as directories.

Unfortunately the information is not available, there is no way to distinguish between links to directories and links to files, other than to actually following the link.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by tessus

Alright, even, if we don't know, whether it is a directory or a file the link points to, we still know that it is a link.

Why can't we show it as a link then?

The fact that a client shows the filetype as directory instead of a link is wrong.

Closing this ticket with won't fix, instead of discussing it, seems out of place. I'm sure I'm not the only one, who thinks that labelling a link as directory is wrong.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by Tim Kosse

If it is known to be a link, it is shown with a link overlay icon.

Changed 3 years ago by tessus

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comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by tessus

It's the icon of a directory and the filetype in the list is specified as 'Directory'.

Both is wrong.

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The icon should not resemble a directory. If you want to include the duality of links, you could have an icon that is half directory and half file (sliced diagonally). However, everything is better than an icon that shows a directory with a link overlay icon.

I mean, think about it, what does this tell you? It looks like a link to a directory.

And then the filetype also states it is a directory.

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comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by Tim Kosse

If you want to include the duality of links, you could have an icon that is half directory and half file (sliced diagonally)

Not feasible for performance reasons. Completely custom icons have a huge performance impact, even when they aren't used, as the system image list can no longer be used.

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by tessus

It was only an option. I think you know what I am trying to say. Or maybe not.

The important part was this: The icon should not resemble a directory. Everything is better than an icon that shows a directory with a link overlay icon.

A link is a pointer rather than a directory and if you can't use a custom icon for performance reasons, use the file icon with a link overlay icon AND change the file type from Directory to Link.

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