Cannot create link on a Samba-drive using Nautilus

Bug #38733 reported by markba on 2006-04-08
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
gnome-vfs2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When trying to create a link with Nautilus on a file located on a Samba-drive,
Nautilus shows: "Error "Operation not permitted" while creating a link to "/mnt/win02-...p/bugs.txt"." This seems logical because it is a Linux-link which will be created and not a Windows-shortcut.

On the other hand, I think that Nautilus should give me an option to create that link on the desktop (for example), because a 'normal' user does not have any knowledge about file-systems like Samba, nor should he have (my opinion).

From a useability viewpoint, I think my suggestion is a better option, because requiring a user to switch to terminal and executing "~/Desktop$ ln -s /mnt/win02-temp/bugs.txt" does not seem a viable option.

So, it's more a feature request than a bug, I'm not sure if this channel (Launchpad) is the right one.

markba (mark-baaijens) on 2006-04-09
description: updated
Simon Law (sfllaw) wrote :

What you really want are Nautilus-specific aliases. This is in the GNOME bugzilla.

Changed in nautilus:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
acon (beque) wrote :

What you really want is for samba shares mounted by nautilus to really be mounted and not just fake mounted, i.e. they should appear in the file system. Then normal symlinks to remote files would work, and programs that doesn't use Gnome-VFS could access the files.

Changed in gnome-vfs:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Changed in gnome-vfs:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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