[Patch] #29984 Change file permission using octal numbers

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Thu May 15 18:07:29 BST 2003

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On Thursday 15 May 2003 18:37, Sven Leiber wrote:
> > Hmm, to me it just doesn't seem like this belongs in the GUI -- certainly
> > not simply with the string "Permissions".  I think understanding Unix
> > permissions is confusing as is, but allowing for setting the octal mode
> > would just add another widget to the general confusion.  This would seem
> > roughly like being prompted for command line switches when dragging and
> > dropping a file "because it's more powerful that way".
> I think if we whant this option we make a seperate Dialog for it and a
> button, or, better I think, we add a checkbox onto the top to switch to the
> unix like permission settings and save it if we have changed it, so people
> who whant that can set it to the Stringconfiguration and normaly is the old
> version displayed.

I think having a widget that shows the permission in octal would be less 
intrusive than your proposal. A widget is also better for learnability: 
because both the checkboxes and the octal number is visible a user can more 
easily discover the relation between the two.

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