Description of Problem:
The treeview in the side pane does not follow when changing directory in the
main (right hand) icon/list view.
Steps to reproduce the problem:
1. Make sure the side pane is visible, and change to tree view in the chooser.
2. Click the icon for, lets say, /usr.
3. Expand /usr by clicking the arrow besides the icon, so that the
subdirectories to /usr are also visible in the tree view.
4. In the main (right hand) view, double click a directory icon (say, the
libexec directory icon)
The treeview still marks the place where you stood before entering the
directory, i.e. it marks /usr.
The treeview should mark the directory you just entered, i.e. /usr/libexec.
How often does this happen?
See attached screenshots.
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Image of nautilus tree view before entering a directory
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Image of nautilus tree view after entering a directory
It's not meant to do that. The tree view is a completely separate view.
Really? If the tree view and the main view are totally independent, then why
does the main view update when selecting a directory in the tree view?
Has there been any usability studies on this subject?
I don't know if Eazel did a usability study on this.
I can easily think of situations when this change would be irritating:
Say you're using the tree view as a drop target, and are navigating the main
view and copying things from various directories to the destination. Having the
treeview scroll when you change directory in the main view would be irritating.
When would it be useful?
Who said anything about scrolling when using it as a drop target?
With usability study I was refering to something like the Gnome Usability Study
report - sadly, it doesn't mention the tree view at all
I admit it's a long time since I used windows (about 1,5 years now) meaning I
may very well be mistaken, but doesn't windows explorer work like this? And how
does the K file manager work? (Never use KDE either and don't bother installing
it just to check this, but it would be interesting to know for comparison)
If you change the tree view (e.g. expand a node) you will certainly scroll the
view. At least if you're positioned under the node that was expanded.