Why no date/file size info given when replacing files?

Asked by randomgeek

When you copy a file from one folder to another (and it already exists) you are prompted to confirm if you want the file replaced. Gnome doesn't give any information about dates or file sizes. Which is the newer or bigger file? This is fundamental to avoid overwriting the wrong file and would be incredibly useful.

Advanced users may not need this info since they should know about which files are what, but beginners backing up their files may be confused/frustrated by this.

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magilus (magilus) said :

Please look at
http://bugzilla.gnome.org/ if this feature request already exists.
If this is not the case, please open a feature request there.

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Michael Dewes (m-dewes) said :

Apparently the GNOME people are well aware of this bug, please take a look at:


Hope this will become reality in the near future.

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randomgeek (chris-geekpages) said :

Thank you for the info. That bug has been open in Gnome since March 2001!

This is an important, potentially data loss issue. It would be really nice if we could put in some kind of fix for this in Dapper - it only needs to show the file dates! Can this be done within Ubuntu or is it policy to use Gnome unchanged?

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