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Re: [OT/FLAME] Horrible GNOME File Picker (Was: Open (helper application chooser) for iceweasel/icedove is too simple)

On Fri, 05 Jan 2007, Wim De Smet wrote:
> To be honest, I actually like it. The newest incarnation of it anyway.
> I think all those hits you'll come up will be at least partly based on
> the older one, which had a bit too many big buttons and a bit too
> little functionality.

No, you got it wrong. It is kind of an Outlook(tm) problem: the engine below
it is fubar, regardless of the UI.  The file-picker tries to open() and read
a part of every file to run it through mime-magic or whatever, which is
*extremely slow*.

I think they problably made it smart enough not to do it on special inodes,
otherwise it would crap your system instantly if you tried to list /dev or
in places where there are unix sockets and named pipes ;-)

The fact that the file-picker it is also (IMO) a power-user detrimental
design that requires more clicks to do something a proper file-picker would
let you do with fewer is far more easily tolerated than the few secods wait
it causes when trying to list a big directory.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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