Canceled or interrupted file copy leaves leaves incomplete files

Bug #810991 reported by buntolo on 2011-07-15
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Nautilus doesn't manage well the interruption of copy process:
If I start copying something using nautilus and then I cancel the process, what has been copied for this time remains.
This is useless, because an incomplete file is unusable, infact Windows Explorer, Finder and Thunar (as of June 2010:,389663.msg3026519.html#msg3026519) erase the incomplete files.

This behaviour is very unfriendly because if the user repeats again the
operation later nautilus could not disinguish between complete and incomplete files, forcing the user to repeat the whole operation overwriting all files or checking them one by one.
The problem could also lead to data loss, if the user isn't aware of this behaviour, he may think that all the file listed in the target folder have been correctly copied and skip them when repeating the operation.

OS: Ubuntu 11.04 (debian testing and arch x86_64 too)
gnome-desktop 3.0.2
nautilus 3.0.2

It's different from bug #67691 (
Because the problem of #67691 is the error message, which now has been removed, so if before the user could know what's happened, now can't, so it's even worse.

The problem is reported also in GNOME's bugzilla:

This is not really a bug rather a "feature bug".

Thanks for reporting this problem and helping in improving Ubuntu. Can you please post the actual Gnome bug?, it seems that you pasted a wrong link.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
buntolo (carlotto1987) wrote :

I can confirm for Ubuntu 11.04, Nautilus, but before marking it as confirmed, can you please enter at ALT-F2 or at a terminal:
apport-collect 810991
so that all the relevant information is attached to the bug for the use of the developers?

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the upstream report.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Invalid
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