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Month: June 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Ark Extraction Dialog Broken?

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:22:58 -0700 (PDT)
> > I think the Ark extraction dialog is broken.
> > 
> > Ark refuses to retain a kdialog size. The dialog always
> opens too small for me to read the file text box. I have to
> manually resize every time. Rinse, repeat. Frustrating.
> >
> > Ark does not use a full kdialog. There is no toolbar,
> hence, no button with my bookmarks.
> > 
> > Ark won't retain a dialog history. I have two working
> directories to which I routinely want to extract files. I
> want those locations retained in the drop-down history. Each
> time I open Ark the dialog defaults to $HOME/{$ARCHIVE_NAME}
> with no history.
> > 
> > Sometimes Ark will default to extracting to
> silly. (Also notice the double slash.)
> > 
> > Just to be sure, I created a fresh profile and noticed
> the same behavior.
> All of these behaviours exist for me in KDE3 (I seem to
> vaguely remember that
> the double-slash only pops up when it would need to create
> the directory).  I'm lucky
> in that the one dialog is large enough for me to be able to
> read most filenames.
> > I can somewhat cheat by manually editing arkrc with the
> following:
> > 
> > [generic]
> >
> extractionHistory[$e]=/some/directory1,/some/directory2
> Never tried that--thanks for the tip.
> > I don't know why Ark doesn't automatically create that
> config key.
> > 
> > I seem to recall this working at one time in 3.5.10,
> but I can't get this to work there any more either.
> Maybe it was 3.5.0-3.5.9?  Or even 3.4.??
> > This is classic paper cut territory and I'm bleeding.
> :-)
> You're not the only one.  I can't even count the number
> of occasions on which this
> behaviour has driven me up a wall and down the other side.
> ;P

Thank you for confirming. I'm always amazed at how much we humans tolerate crappy software and for how long. To add a little humor, this is classic WTF. :-) Of course, Trinity inherited these kinds of quirks. Eventually we get around to fixing them and for that I'm glad.

I'll write a bug report.

C++ experts:

* How much work to get Ark to remember the "Extract Files" dialog size? Or better, remember the last used size height and auto-resize the width as necessary to fit the text string in the drop-down list box?

* How much work to get Ark to use a standard kdialog, with the toolbar?

I'll try to give both of the above a whack if I'm provided some examples.

I'll presume the history in the "Extract Files" dialog "Destination folder" drop-down list box is broken and needs debugging.