thunar stops copy operations if one file cant be copied

Bug #1666210 reported by Thomas Schweikle on 2017-02-20
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thunar (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

thunar won't copy any files, if only one file in a selection cant be copied or moved. Thunar will only display a message about the file/directory it cant copy/move, then stop.

I'd awaited thunar to copy/move all files, except those it cant copy/move because the user does not have permissions. After having finished all possible copy/move operations thunar shall then tell the user what files/directoried it could not copy/move and why.

This bug has some bad consequences: it you moved files and directories into trash and there where directories within the user does not have access rights, these will be moved to trash. Moving them out again will fail, because the user does not have necessary rights! -> the user may move files to trash, but not from trash back! It will not be possible to restore files from trash. thunar will only display something about missing rights to restore some files and restore non of the selected files.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: thunar 1.6.10-2ubuntu1
Uname: Linux 4.9.10+ x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Mon Feb 20 14:02:55 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-10-19 (1950 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
SourcePackage: thunar
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Copying or moving files will be interrupted when there's a user interaction required, for example to decide whether a file should overwritten etc.

I propose to continue copying/moving files in the background which definitely do not need a user interaction.

Why I think this could be useful, an example:
Someone wants to copy a lot of files which will take a lot of time.
So he starts the process and leaves the computer doing his work.
When he comes back after a while he may find that copy process is still at the very beginning, interrupted by one single duplicate file name - which is annoying.

I'd also suggest not to display each message (duplicate file etc.) in their own window but all dynamically and clearly structured in one single message window.

Kind regards

Thomas Schweikle (tps) wrote :
Changed in thunar:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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