Re: Dissolving Folders

Unfortunately, I didn't detail originally the full implications of my idea and why I thought of it (as in "What purpose do Dissolving Folders Serve?").

The idea behind "Dissolving Folders" is to allow the user to concurrently acknowledge (or at least be aware of) the contents of a folder and the contents of its sub-directories, without the need for using a Search Command (therefore, avoiding File Indexing, which on some older computers can take forever) and also allowing for the attributes of those files to be changed as a group, this should majorly improve productivity.

When a folder becomes "Dissolved" its contents is displayed (ie: pointers aren't changed) in the parent folder.

The files of the "Dissolved" folder could have something graphically distinguishable about them (Black and White, Yellow outline, Theme specified or my favourite: Purple strobe; the epileptic seizure inducing kind). If there are two files that have the same name, their name will be modified to contain the name of the folder they are found in (this name-change will only occur graphically).

As I mentioned before, a Dissolving Folder can made permnament (only applies to next generation, as in only the level below, unless otherwise choosen in a dialog) , if there are any name clashes, a dialog should appear asking the user whether he/she would like to:

--Overwrite child folder file over parent folder file

--Overwrite  parent folder file over child folder file

--Keep Newer/Older Larger/Smaller file

--Change names of both filenameparentname.doc and filenamechildname.doc (Unless the Child and Parent folder names are the same, in which case some other distinguishment should be used; A and B, etc.)

--Cancel Permnament dissolution

When a new file is introduced into a parent folder containing dissolved folders a dialog will appear to specify where in the directory the file is to be stored, the parent directory is the default option.

The appearance of dissolved folders in the GTK/Gnome filechooser, is the same as Nautilus, however there should be a right click option at the top where the navigated folder are listed to "Show Dissolved Folders".

Undoing a Dissolution, is done by right clicking in the background window of Nautilus, going to the menu entry of Resolve, thenthe name of desired folder or all to be "Resolved". If there are any other "Dissolved" folders in a dissolved folder, a dialog will appear to ask how many generations (levels) are to be "Resolved".

Notes: In a Terminal, the folder hiearchy is still the same where folders have be Dissolved/Resolved unless they are permnament. Typing the address of a dissolved folder in Nautilus Browser-mode should display a special Nautilus background reading: THIS FOLDER IS DISSOLVED.

I hope this clears up any confusion, and I think that this concept could be implemented quite well into Nautilus and GNOME Desktop to allow productivity and ease-of-use.

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