[Digikam-users] Dragging images from digikam album view to Nautilus removes the original

Rei Shinozuka shino at panix.com
Fri Apr 23 15:37:54 BST 2010

OK, have 1.2.0 installed now, thanks for the heads up.

The behavior is the same--dragging image from album to nautilus will 
remove the original.

I can appreciate KDE/Gnome incompatibilities as being potentially 
responsible for this behavior, but don't you agree that it would be 
better if in a mixed environment the behavior on both sides should be 
the consevative action?  In this case, if it's not clear if the action 
is a "move" or "copy" then do the copy, and not do the deletion?  I'm a 
programmer from way back, but I won't try to pretend I understand the 
protocol between apps when drag and drops happen.  I think it would be 
nice, however, if a program could be "defensive" and have the final say 
over whether it's supposed to delete content, regardless of what another 
app is asking it to do.

Practicality, I think, should tell us that what I did (drag an object 
from digikam album to nautilus) is probably pretty commonplace.  Most 
users don't really know or care about KDE/Gnome environments.  
Furthermore, I think people who are going to drag from digikam to a USB 
drive are not going to expect the original to be deleted.  In fact, I 
have a bit of the heebie-jeebies thinking about possible images I might 
have dragged and accidentally deleted in the past.

Do you guys define this as a bug?  If so, I'll be happy to fill in a bug 
report or whatever.


On 04/23/2010 09:44 AM, Aditya Bhatt wrote:
> Same here.
> Nautilus is not KDE material and doesn't present a context menu for 
> "move" or "copy". I guess the default behavior for nautilus is to 
> move, then.
> On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM, Gilles Caulier 
> <caulier.gilles at gmail.com <mailto:caulier.gilles at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Do not use an old beta5. use last digikam stable 1.2.0
>     Gilles Caulier
>     2010/4/23 Rei Shinozuka <shino at panix.com <mailto:shino at panix.com>>:
>     > i'm used to dragging images from digikam album view to
>     thunderbird or to
>     > web uploads and it never disturbs the original contents of the
>     album.
>     >
>     > when i wanted to copy some images to a thumbdrive to show someone, i
>     > dragged the images there, and after half a dozen images, i
>     noticed they
>     > were being deleted from the album.  i restored them, but had i not
>     > noticed, this could have been unfortunate.  i was surprised (to
>     say the
>     > least) that the drag and drop action from digikam album to
>     nautilus was
>     > a move rather than a copy. i tend to expect a drag and drop to any
>     > removable media to be interpreted as a copy.
>     >
>     > i do notice when dragging images from one album to another in
>     digikam,
>     > the app gives you the option to "move" or "copy" which is great.
>      also,
>     > when dragging from nautilus to digikam you get that choice.
>     >
>     > is there a way to configure that dragging images from albumview to
>     > nautilus (or some other app) doesn't ever delete the original?
>     >
>     > digikam: Version 1.0.0-beta5 Using KDE 4.2.4 (KDE 4.2.4)
>     > nautilus: 2.26.2
>     > ubuntu 9.04
>     > kernel:  2.6.28-18-generic
>     >
>     > thanks much!
>     >
>     > -rei
>     >
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