reload in nautilus temporarily blanks file list

Bug #692432 reported by Richard Davies on 2010-12-20
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Open a windows in Nautilus
Hit F5 or View/Reload
The current list of files goes blank then reloads completely

This is annoying for me mainly in this scenario: I would like to use a file manager to monitor file sizes from multiple downloads. When I refresh, it should be easy to see if the file size has changed or not. However in nautilus, because the entire screen blanks out and then reappears, it's difficult to see if there has been a change in file size, *especially* if there are several files that changed in size. If you can't visualize how difficult it is to see if multiple files have changed, try setting up multiple file downloads, pointing nautilus at the download directory and hitting F5 to try and see if any of them have changed in file size - the "reload everything" makes it quite difficult. Compare this to doing an "ls -la" in a console window which is nearly instantaneous and you'll see what I mean.

If the reload functionality could simply refresh each of the details for each file rather than reloading the whole screen from scratch then it would not "flash" and it would be a lot easier to track file size (or other attribute changes).

Michael Judge (vinylcandour) wrote :

Also if you are scrolled part way down the list of files, the scroll position changes a little when you refresh. It aligns the top entry, or row of icons, with the top of the window.

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

thanks for sending this bug to Gnome.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Medium → Low
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: none → papercuts-nautilus
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: papercuts-nautilus → papercuts-s-nautilus
Paul White (paulw2u) on 2019-01-02
tags: added: bionic
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