Dragging remote volumes to Trash should unmount them

Bug #12682 reported by Jon Dufresne on 2005-02-08
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I connected to my roommates ftp server through the places menu in gnome (hoary)
when i was done i dragged the icon that appeared on the desktop to the trash
thinking this will unmount it. Nothing happens and i need to right click on the
icon and unmount it that way. I think it would be cooled if this was handled
similar to the way OS X does things and unmount it from just a drag. It goes
along with the spatial theme of nautilus.

http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=115763: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=115763

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

This is a bug open upstream about this for nautilus, you can read it here:

Yann Simon (yann-simon-fr) wrote :

Change status to confirmed and severity to wishlist.

Changed in nautilus:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

there is a patch on the upstream bug. could ubuntu include this patch even if upstream does not?

its a completely unobtrusive feature, and i imagine it does not use up much in the way of system resources.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Sam, if you read the upstream bug you will note that the feature is controversal and the maintainer to use the trash for something else than deleting because than can be confusing and make you destroy some datas if you get confused by either it'll eject or drop the content of your device

sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

i have read the discussion. i agreed with the point that if a program knows what the user wants to do then it should do it. people who have used macs are likely to try this two eject disk. its also useful for people with single button mice (an accessibility thing?)

personally i'd like this, but its up to the ubuntu devs to decide.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

I think that's a decision which should be taken upstream. It's really confusing to have the same desktop (ie: GNOME) behaving differently on 2 different computers you may have to use because some distro made a choice different from upstream like that

Changed in nautilus:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Changed in nautilus:
assignee: seb128 → desktop-bugs
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

This is actually explicitly against the Gnome HIG. From http://library.gnome.org/devel/hig-book/stable/principles-match.html.en :

"When using metaphors, however, it is important to neither take the metaphor too literally, nor to extend the metaphor beyond its reasonable use. For example, the capacity of a file folder should not be limited to the capacity of a physical file folder, which presumably could contain only a few documents before becoming unwieldy. On the other hand, a waste basket should not be used for anything other than holding discarded files. It should not be used, for example, to eject a removable disk such as a floppy or CD."

Also nautilus now has eject buttons on volumes starting in Intrepid so I think this is arguably both deprecated and undesirable.

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Changed in nautilus:
status: Confirmed → Expired
dino99 (9d9) wrote :


Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
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