document path as download target?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Sat Jun 27 11:51:10 BST 2009

On Saturday 27 June 2009 11:14:39 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Thursday 25 June 2009 23:25:29 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> >> Sascha Peilicke wrote:
> >>> Hi y'all,
> >>>
> >>> In the "About Me" KCM several paths can be set and I did as
> >>> following:
> >>>
> >>> Documents path: /home/foo/documents Download path:
> >>> /home/foo/download
> >>>
> >>> Strange is that when I want to save a file (from konq, kmail,
> >>> etc.) the file dialog shows the documents path by default. Seems
> >>> like it should point to the download path instead. The question
> >>> is what's the meaning of the documents path here and how it
> >>> should be used in general (e.g. used as a saving target for
> >>> koffice and similar apps) or whether this is a bug.
> >>
> >> What version of KDE-4 are you using.  When asking a question such
> >> as this, it is a good idea to include that information.
> >>
> >> I tried this in Trunk and it does still select Documents as the
> >> default.
> >>
> >> IMO, this is a bug.  The function: "KGlobalSettings::downloadPath"
> >> has been added to KDELibs::KDEUI and it should be used.
> >
> > I don't see this as a bug at all.  I certainly don't see attachments
> > to mail as in the same class as Internet downloads.
> If you are saving a file pointed to by an internet (URL) link, that is a
> download and the best default would appear go be the "Download"
> directory -- isn't that what it is for?
> You are correct that that is not the same as saving files which are
> actually attached to emails.  I would think that the best default for
> those would be "Documents".
My thoughts exactly.

> OTOH, it would be best if it was possible to base all of this on file
> extensions and have it configurable like it is with "KGet".
The fact that you can navigate to other folders satisfies me.  A more 
permanent configuration as you suggest may be preferred by others.  Personally 
I like the current system in that it gives me defaults, but if I want to save 
an email attachment to a specific folder I'm free to do so by navigation.

> > Why do you think they should be treated the same?
> I don't think that they should be treated the same!  Did I say that?  

No, you didn't.  Sascha did, and is adamant that they should be.
> I
> thought that we were talking about downloads.  I have my system set up
> so that all the downloads (when I click "Save as" in the dialog" go to
> my DownLoad directory.  This is the best default unless we are going to
> base it on file extensions.  I do think that some people might want to
> do it differently.

That is always going to be so.  It seems that we are in total agreement, but 
this is not the way Sascha wants to work.

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