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Re: Annoying GTK2 file dialogue - where to file the BUG?

On Sat, 09 Aug 2008 15:12:56 +0200, Rudi Effe wrote:

> Dear list,
> for some reason, Debian favors Gnome to be the default desktop. My
> reason for using KDE is mainly Gnomes file browser. But as a matter of
> fact, major applications are using the GTK2 libraries (Mozilla,
> Openoffice.org, Gimp, Audacity etc.) - and Opneoffice.org is the only
> one that allows to use the KDE file selector.
> Now, what's wrong with the GTK2 file chooser? I will report a bug if
> anybody could name the package/library I have to refer to.
> Look at this screen shot for instance:
> 	http://imagebin.ca/view/wxHN3lH.html
> (1) all entries are displayed twice

This looks like a bug that should be filed at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/ 
against the 'gtk+' product.

> (2) there is no option to sort by size or to even display size.
>     maybe this must be enabled by the calling app (audacity here) - but
>     if this option is not diallowed explicitly, it should be possible to
>     add it by the browsing user.

Seems like a useful feature. You should file a bug at http://
bugzilla.gnome.org/ against the 'gtk+' product.

> (3) whenever I tell Mozilla to open a dialogue with a specific app,
>     I can (to be quick) enter its path right in the file name box (say:
>     /usr/bin/ark). Next time however, the file selector will start
>     browsing that directory (/usr/bin) and produce a hang lasting at
>     least 4-5 seconds. Suspecting - missing caching
>     - slow algorithms
>     - bad threading

The problem is that all the files in /usr/bin have MIME detection done on 
them, which takes ages. See <http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?
id=322314> for further details.

> (4) missing eyecandiness: grey and simple icons, no rounded corners,
>     dominating dark grey, low percentage of area used for content/
>     information (too much frame).

This is simply due to the default GTK+ theme being, well, rubbish. If you 
change your theme to the default GNOME theme then things will look much 
better. You can do this by running gnome-appearance-properties which 
appears to work by fiddling with the values of the gconf keys under

> Regards
> Rudi

Sam Morris
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