"apply permissions to enclosed files" doesn't work with symlinks

Bug #495697 reported by Adam Gundy on 2009-12-11
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

when changing the permissions of a directory, the 'apply permissions to enclosed files' button had no effect. why? because (after much head scratching) the directory turned out to be a symlink to a directory.

the button should either work (ie: follow the symlink and do its job) or be greyed out (or better yet tell you why it's not working).

my preference would be to just follow the symlink and get on with it..

this is karmic, but also tested to fail on hardy, and presumably everything in between.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME)

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The bug is old and Ubuntu changed quite a lot since, there has also been no activity here nor similar reports. Closing since we believe the issue as described is deprecated but feel free to file a new report if you still have problems in recent Ubuntu versions.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
Adam Gundy (adam-starsilk) wrote :

still fails in exactly the same way, 9 years later. dialog is provided, choices are made, go is pressed. nothing happens.

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