Too many non-Tails folders on Nautilus sidebar
Before Jessie, Nautilus will display the 'Tor Browser', 'Persistent' and 'Tor browser persistent' link on top of it's sidebar.
In Jessie, the sidebar has the default folders:
And many others, before getting to Tor Browser or Persistent. In my laptop they don't show unless I scroll down on the sidebar.
I feel the new users will not be able to find this directories easily.
Would it be too complicated to put Tails folders on top of the sidebar?
#1 Updated by intrigeri almost 3 years ago
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To hide the XDG "user-dirs" folders we want: just make it point to
Implementation-wise, the only difficulty I expect is how this interacts with
xdg-user-dirs-update and localized standard directories (e.g. if logging in Italian I get
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Musica" by default. If we disabled them all, except
XDG_DESKTOP_DIR, then this technical problem would not exist.
So next step is to do the UX side of the work to decide which folders, among the standard "user-dirs", we want to hide/show. emmapeel, do you want to coordinate it and bring the conclusions back here?
#3 Updated by emmapeel almost 3 years ago
Tails 1.8 has:
- Mounted and also non-removable
Bookmarks - Here there are the Tails folders:
- Tor Browser
- Tor Browser Persistence
- File system
Network - Not sure if this one makes sense with our problems to navigate the local network because of Tor.
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I'm wondering if these shortcuts are useful at all... I have the feeling that they are useful in a regular operating system as a way of helping people structure their home folder ("Where do I put what?") combined with default behaviour of applications (eg. Screenshot saves screenshots in "Pictures", creating a video with Cheese saves it in "Videos", etc.).
But in Tails people won't be able to store files in these folders across different working sessions, so helping them navigate the content of their home might not be so much of an issue. Actually, it might counter-productive: it might be easier for newcomers to find a screenshot if it gets saved in $HOME (amongst the few other files that were created during the same session) than if it's "hidden" in $HOME/Pictures. This might be even more important as Tails is by many people only occasionally.
I tested the behavior of Screenshot and Cheese after running:
xdg-user-dirs-update --set VIDEOS $HOME
xdg-user-dirs-update --set PICTURES $HOME
And deleting ~/Pictures and ~/Videos.
- Screenshots are saved to $HOME instead of $HOME/Pictures.
- Videos are saved to $HOME/Webcam instead of $HOME/Videos/Webcam.
intrigeri: I'd like your opinion on this (linked with #15463).
I think moving the Tails-specific folders to the top helps people see the folders, but does not address the confusion that comes from figuring out where files go when they're downloaded or where to move them to if they want to keep them. This is why I think the Tails folders should be renamed to make that more clear, as per #15028.
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