[Patch] #29984 Change file permission using octal numbers

Dominik Seichter domseichter at web.de
Fri May 16 11:43:05 BST 2003


Am Freitag, 16. Mai 2003 12:19 schrieb Scott Wheeler:
> *) Most users will never change the permissions on a file using KDE -- ever
That is a very good point. Most user will never change the permissions, so 
they will never use the permissions dialog and never get confused by it! 
Those few people that will use the dialog, will either 
- have already understood how unix permission do work and will find the 
  addition useful, because they can change the permission faster by just
  entering the number.

- or, if they do not have undestand how permissions work in Unix, they will
  perhaps be interested in learning it, because they have a need for it.
  In this case the new line edit will greatly help them learning.
  Otherwise they still can ignore the new widget and do the permissions change
  like they did in the past.

> *) Most of those that do don't know octal permission notation
I do not see a problem if most of the users who will never change file 
permissions do not know octal permissions. This users don't know the 
difference of user/group/other permissions either and won't care at all about 
changing any permissions.

> *) Most of them don't care to learn octal notation
They don't need to, because they do not change permissions at all, like you 
stated above.

> *) Many of those the do know octal permissions (i.e. me) don't particularly
> want to use it in the GUI
You do not have to use them in the GUI. It is just another optional 

> *) The current dialog is already confusing
It is confusing, but I do not think it gets more confusing because of the line 

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