[Users] Default state of Move dialog

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Tue Nov 17 02:38:27 CET 2015

On Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:48:56 -0400
Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:39:02 +0200, Holger Berndt said:
> > On Di, 04.09.2012 16:26, Steve Litt wrote:
> > 
> > >Right now, the Move dialog defaults to having all nodes open all
> > >the way down the tree. This is slow and confusing, and I see
> > >absolutely no benefit to displaying the full tree.
> > 
> > It's very useful if you know the folder name youre looking for. Then
> > you can just start typing, possibly using arrow-down to jump to the
> > next match.
> > 
> > Holger
> Thanks Holger,
> That's a good tip and I'll use it. I'd still like a way of having the
> whole thing come up collapsed so I could drill down without trying to
> remember the folder name -- sometimes you remember where it is in the
> hierarchy rather than its exact name. I was about to say there's no
> reason your trick wouldn't work on a collapsed list, but then I
> manually collapsed a list and it wouldn't read nodes in a collapsed
> branch.
> At this point I'd settle for a collapse branch (which we already have
> in the minus sign), a completely expand branch, and a expand next
> level in branch. That would allow both methods of looking for a
> folder, and would change nothing for those enjoying the current
> default of opening everything.

Until a few months ago, I've used the move functionality as Holger
suggested three years ago:  I typed in the folder name, and if it
wasn't ambiguous, it would go to the right folder. I'd have much
preferred it default to every folder folded, so I could quicksearch and
drill down. But I made due with Holger's method.

A few months ago, even Holger's method stopped working: The dialog for
the move functionality would no longer accept keystrokes. The worst of
both worlds.

Who ever heard of a directory dialog that defaulted to entirely
expanded, rather than collapsed with drilldown? What other software?
And now, it won't even take keystrokes. What should be a five second
task is now a minute or two, as you search, then try to verify that
what you found is truly the right folder, because if you move it to the
wrong one, you won't find it without a several-hour whole-account

Could the project please make the directory dialog for the move
functionality show all directories collapsed, so you can drill down?
Like every other file manager and file picker on earth? And while
you're at it, could you please put back the dialog's ability to go to
the first directory matching what you type in?

[slitt at mydesk ~]$ cat /etc/issue
Void \r (\n) (\l)

[slitt at mydesk ~]$ uname -a
Linux mydesk 4.1.12_1 #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Oct 27 06:38:21 UTC 2015
x86_64 GNU/Linux
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ claws-mail -v
Claws Mail version 3.12.0
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ xbps-query -s claws
[*] claws-mail-3.12.0_1 An extensible and secure e-mail client /
newsreader ...
[slitt at mydesk ~]$ 

Note also that the "won't take keystrokes" symptom was occurring on a
self-compiled Claws-mail version on Debian Wheezy, but I can't tell you
the version or any other info because I wiped my disk and left Debian



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