The names column has its width dictated by other columns

Reported by Shunsuke Akagi on 2013-10-23
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Folder names in Location area keeps the width even though when I go back to upper folder.
First of all this new downgraded nautilus folder section holds its width and I cannot even change the width at all.
Then when I go deep down lower folders or open folder with long name, it would squeeze down the "Name" part and I cannot even see names anymore. Then when I go up to upper folder or root, I cannot see the names anymore becaue location column takes up all the space. Once I click one of the unseen folder, I may see the names again.
This is one of too many problems of 13.10.

Vladislav (olunet) wrote :


Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Vladislav (olunet) wrote :

That is how it looks like. I can not change the width of any column.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

How come this issue could be "Low"?
Do we need to handle files/folder blindly?
We should advertise "Even blind people can use ubuntu as well as other people can!"

mario (marava1) wrote :

I too have the same very annoying issue in two PCs that i have upgaded to ubuntu 13.10. The file manager is absolutely unusable.
I have attached s screenshot. so everybody can see how much this bug is relevant.

Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

The developpers must have extremely wide monitors. My regular computer monitor for documents is 90 degree turned so it would have been horrible but very luckly I did not upgrade it.
Please confirm the following issue, too.
#1243659 folder opens when I place mouse without clicking or releasing button. 13.10
#1243256 when location name is long or deep, I cannot even see file names.
 All together it is almost impossible to use regular ubuntu.

mario (marava1) wrote :

#1243659: no, it does not happen to me,.
#1243256: yes! googling around there are many people affected by this issue.
The developers monitors are extremely wide or elastic. it is possible?

Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

The column should be elastic instead of screen because we cannot afford to buy elastic screen or extremely wide screen.
We should not discuss about #1243659 here but is it true? I wonder what kind of setting you have.
Every time when I copy/move a file into a folder, my folder opens up.

I will also have this problem

Jose Manuel Perdomo (joz3) wrote :

same problem here.... Ubuntu 13.10

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME. If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

I can't confirm the issue there, the name columns can be moved by simple dnd...

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Oh, in fact I can confirm with small windows, seems like the other columns have a fixed size and that the adjustment is done on the name one, which work fine unless you have small windows...

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Ok, the bug has been reported upstream as well: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=698017

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
mario (marava1) wrote :

Today I was in airport and I accidentally have cancelled an important file from the pc and, as usual, I opened the trash for restoring it. Because the width of the column "Original position" is fixed I could not restore the file because the names are all "..."(see the attached screen shot). I am not a medium so I installed thunar with which i could see the file and restore it.
I have no world for whom have had written such a kind of unusable file manager. Please can we hope that the bug will be corrected?

Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

To Mario:

I think it seems to be fix this problem but when similar thing happens, you should try ctrl+2.

Currently the new version has too many problem but I am avoiding with this method.
I hope the other issue will be fixed soon.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

@Shunsuke: why did you close the bug?

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

I am sorry. Do you still have the issue?
My nautilus does not have the issue anymore.
The name column does not have fixed width now.
Therefore I considered this case would be closed.

Right now, for me, this is the problem.
 #1243659 A folder opens when I place mouse on it while left button is pressed. 13.10
It drives me nuts!

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The issues with the name column being too small and leading to have "..." is still there yes

#1243659 is not a bug, it's a wanted upstream change ... dragging over a folder enter this one to let you browse subdirectories

Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

>#1243659 is not a bug, it's a wanted upstream change ... dragging over a folder enter this one to let you browse subdirectories

I should not talk about it here but nobody talk about this so I am describing here.
If that's not a bug then the spec is wrong.
Have you ever tried to move a file at bottom of folder that contains at least 20 or 30 folders, to a folder that is located at top?
If we move slowly, it defenetly would be caught by a folder on the way.
When it has to be scrolled, it is impossible to reach there.
I am not trying to play a game. This is very tricky to avoid the problem.
If you release nautilus as a game, it would be great because it is very difficult.
Right now, I have to open the target folder as a new tub then I can move a file to the folder tab because I can move a mouse fast enough or it would not require scroll.
The many new specs seem to be completely wrong. One of the major wrong thing was that tree view has gone.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

similar bug in the fedora bug tracker, https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=981312

summary: - Folder names in Location area keeps the width (13.10)
+ The names column has its width dictated by other columns
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Invalid
mario (marava1) wrote :

Sorry for my ignorance, but I do not understand, why the bug was "Changed in nautilus: status: New → Invalid ". This means that it is solved or that it is the actual and will be the future behavior of nautilus? Please someone can explain me? Actually I am using PCManFM as file manager. Thank you

Shunsuke Akagi (shoon) wrote :

I may not be answering your question mario but the last time when I used nautilus, columns became re-sizeable so I thought that was enough. At least it was useable thought it might be incovenient.
Nautilus has been getting worse and worse so I am using Nemo now and you are using PCManFM so forget about nautilus.
It should be terminated.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

@mario: the upstream bug been marked as duplicate of another one, which triggered the status update

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Medium → Unknown
status: Invalid → Unknown
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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