Folder Permissions are unclear [$15]

Bug #1124209 reported by Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff on 2013-02-13
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This bug affects 13 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Files
Confirmed
Low
Diego Islas Ocampo

Bug Description

Currently folders have the same permission labels as files do. This does not reflect what permissions really govern and "execute" permission makes no sense at all.

The permission to "read" a folder is actually a permission to *list* files in it, and the permission to "execute" a folder is the permission to *access* its contents. The labels should be changed to reflect this.

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Julián Unrrein (junrrein) wrote :

So, the "read" buttons should be "list contents"?
"Execute" should be "access" or "read"?

Yes, "read" would be something along the lines of "list files" and "execute" would be "read files" or "access files" the like.

description: updated
Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2013-05-15
Changed in pantheon-files:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → 0.3-beta1
Cody Garver (codygarver) wrote :
tags: added: bounty
summary: - Permission labels for folders make no sense
+ Permission labels for folders make no sense [$15]

Here's a mockup depicting permissions using a combobox instead. I think this makes it much more clear what exactly has been selected and we can change the copy to whatever makes the most sense.

summary: - Permission labels for folders make no sense [$15]
+ Permissions are unclear
summary: - Permissions are unclear
+ Permissions are unclear [$15]

@Shnatsel: What about selections containing both files and folders? What should appear for these ones, as "Read and write" applies for files, and "list files"/"read files"/"access files" applies for folders?

I think that the grid layout should be kept, although the labels should perhaps be made more intuitive. Also, it's a bit difficult to determine whether they're on or off from the colours of the buttons.

Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2014-04-08
Changed in pantheon-files:
milestone: isis-beta1 → isis-beta2
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2014-09-07
Changed in pantheon-files:
milestone: freya-beta2 → none
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2016-01-05
summary: - Permissions are unclear [$15]
+ Folder Permissions are unclear [$15]
Changed in pantheon-files:
milestone: none → loki-beta1
Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2016-02-12
Changed in pantheon-files:
importance: Medium → Low
Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2016-03-14
Changed in pantheon-files:
milestone: loki-beta1 → loki+1-beta1
Zisu Andrei (matzipan) on 2016-11-02
tags: added: bitesize
Diego Islas Ocampo (hyuchia) wrote :

Hi, I'm trying to fix this, but need some advice, I've currently made the permissions on Folders display as List, Modify and Access but would like to know if those are ok and also, wondering if it would be better to have some kind of struct to know if the file is a directory or not instead of checking just the goffile.is_directory property which I'm currently doing.

Changed in pantheon-files:
assignee: nobody → Diego Islas Ocampo (hyuchia)
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