Bug 1717947 - Can't drag and drop files from Desktop to USB drive
Summary: Can't drag and drop files from Desktop to USB drive
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gnome-shell-extensions
Version: 8.4
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
: 8.0
Assignee: Florian Müllner
QA Contact: Desktop QE
Tomas Capek
Depends On:
Blocks: 1739559
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2019-06-06 14:03 UTC by Bill Sanford
Modified: 2020-05-19 12:09 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

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Doc Type: Known Issue
Doc Text:
.Drag-and-drop does not work between desktop and applications Due to a bug in the `gnome-shell-extensions` package, the drag-and-drop functionality does not currently work between desktop and applications. Support for this feature will be added back in a future release.
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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
GNOME Gitlab World/ShellExtensions desktop-icons issues 22 None None None 2019-06-07 14:45:46 UTC

Description Bill Sanford 2019-06-06 14:03:52 UTC
Description of problem:
With the install of RHEL 8.1, I logged in with X11 (Classic or Standard) and tried to drag and drop a file from Desktop to a USB drive. When I dragged the file to the USB drive, it returned right back to the original position. If I right-click copy from Desktop and paste into the USB drive, that works.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Edit the Desktop so that icons are displayed on the Desktop.
2. Insert USB drive and drag file from Desktop to USB

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Comment 1 Bill Sanford 2019-06-06 14:07:14 UTC
I just tried to drag and drop from USB to Desktop and that does not work, either.

Comment 2 Florian Müllner 2019-06-06 15:06:32 UTC
That's an issue with the desktop-icons extension, not gnome-shell.

Comment 6 Florian Müllner 2020-04-30 21:39:24 UTC
There has been little upstream movement on the mutter/gnome-shell/desktop-icons side, so this is very unlikely to be fixed in 8.3 either.

The extension upstream is experimenting with a fork - https://gitlab.com/rastersoft/desktop-icons-ng - that splits out the UI into a GTK application whose windows are intercepted, controlled and managed by the extension, but that's unlikely to be "RHEL-ready" in the 8.3 timeframe either.

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