"Favorite Folders" section shows bookmarks pointing to unconnected external devices

Bug #729528 reported by Mario Vukelic on 2011-03-05
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity-place-files

I have set up Nautilus bookmarks to various external USB disks.

In the Places menu of the top gnome-panel in the Ubuntu Classic session, and in the Bookmarks menu of Nautilus, these bookmarks do not show up when the devices are not plugged in. If the devices are plugged in but not mounted, the bookmarks show up, and clicking them will implicitly mount the device. This behavior has always made a lot of sense to me. It introduced no mental overhead for me at all when using these devices and their bookmarks, and added information for free because a glance at the Places/Bookmarks menus told me everything I needed to know about the device status.

In unity-places-files, icons corresponding to the Nautilus bookmarks appear under Favorite Folders. They are always visible even when the devices are not plugged in, and clicking their icons does nothing in this case.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity-place-files 0.5.38-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-5.32-generic 2.6.38-rc6
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-5-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Mar 5 08:39:37 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Alpha amd64 (20100131)
SourcePackage: unity-place-files
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-02-16 (16 days ago)

Mario Vukelic (mario-vukelic) wrote :
summary: - Favorite Folders show bookmarks pointing to unconnected external devices
+ "Favorite Folders" sections shows bookmarks pointing to unconnected
+ external devices
description: updated

I found out that this is probably a duplicate or subset of LP#489194, but I leave that to the more knowledgeable among you.

affects: unity → ayatana-design

@Mario: This bug is unrelated to bug #489194 since we don't use Zeitgeist to list volumes.

I'm a bit uncertain if I agree that it's a good idea to not list bookmarks to drives that are not available. Point is that you *did* create a bookmark, but it may seem to magically disappear to a less advanced user.

Maybe instead dim out unavailable drive-bookmarks and having it pop up a dialog "Please insert bla bla bla" if you click it?

Waiting for design feedback

Changed in unity-place-files:
assignee: nobody → Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen (kamstrup)
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen (kamstrup)
status: New → Incomplete
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-07
Changed in unity-place-files (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Mario Vukelic (mario-vukelic) wrote :

@Mikkel: I see your point about disappearing bookmarks. I'd have no problem with dimming them out when unavailable. However, I believe that consistency is maybe more important, and Nautilus currently makes them disappear. By the way, there was not too long ago an embryonic discussion about "Hiding unmounted bookmarks" on the Ayatana mailing list. IIRC it didn't really go anywhere, but someone may be interested: https://lists.launchpad.net/ayatana/msg04816.html

Mario Vukelic (mario-vukelic) wrote :

This link may not help to decide how best to deal with bookmarks pointing to removable devices, but it sure demonstrates how NOT to do it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978980

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-11
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
summary: - "Favorite Folders" sections shows bookmarks pointing to unconnected
+ "Favorite Folders" section shows bookmarks pointing to unconnected
external devices
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-05-31
Changed in unity-2d:
status: New → Incomplete
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-08-19
no longer affects: unity-place-files (Ubuntu)
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