make links actually point to the original file/folder

Bug #157432 reported by David Prieto on 2007-10-26
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nautilus (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

Right now links in Nautilus do not point to the original file or folder, but rather are treated as separate entities. I am not sure what advantages this poses, but there are several drawbacks to it.

The first is that spatial nautilus opens two windows instead of one, if you open both the original folder and the link. Why, if it's actually just a folder and changes in one affect the other? The second drawback is that when you set custom icons for your original folder, these do not appear in the link folder.

The attached screenshot shows my Music folder opened through the home folder, and through the link placed on the desktop. They ARE the same folder, given that deleting a folder in one means it disappearing from the other.

Then, why are there two windows instead just one? Doesn't this go against the whole spatial concept? And why do the albums on the link folder not display their covers even though I set it that way in the original folder?

Found a third drawback. Link a protected folder (e.g. /bin) to your home folder, then you can't delete the link anymore.

Yann Rouillard (yann-pleiades) wrote :

This link has already been reported, see #24293

Yann Rouillard (yann-pleiades) wrote :

I meant bug.

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