Sandis Neilands sandisn at
Sun Nov 27 21:22:49 CST 2005

Hello everyone!

On 11/28/05, João Pinto <Lamego at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I don't agree  with the disk-space dependent behavior. That would defeat
> the purpose of  "Trash", from the trash feature you expect to be able to
> recover from a delete operation at least for a small amount time, it
> should be seen as a data safety mechanism and not as "nice to have"
> based on the disk free space.
Completely agree with you.

In my opinion, the lack of disk space should require some investigation
> by the user, deleting data from trash/cache could be a tip, but not
> something to be done automated.

However this tip shouldn't be anything annoying (like ugly pop-up). There
are users who do know that their disks are full and don't want their os to
force them to do anything about it.

On 11/28/05, Benjamin Montgomery <bmontgom at> wrote:

> I think the maybe "deleting to trash" should be a concept for the whole
> system.  All delete operations (command line and GUI) should do the same
> thing.  Could "rm" be modified so that instead of getting rid of files
> they are moved to the trash?

It shouldn't be done! When you "delete" files from Nautilus they are moved
to trash, not deleted. Look at the right click menu! And don't other
programs use rm too? It would be confusing if files rm'ed from /tmp would
end up in user's or root's trash (the trash is for files "deleted" by user).
The worst case would be if Nautilus uses the modified rm! In that case
everything deleted from trash would be back in no time :)

And if you want to delete older files first how would you determine how long
the file is in trash? Touching it before/right after moving to trash is a
bad idea, because in case you decide to restore the file it's timestamps
should be modified again.

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