Bug#341949: nautilus: impossible to empty the trash because of permissions

Christophe Combelles ccomb at free.fr
Sun Dec 4 12:12:42 UTC 2005

Package: nautilus
Version: 2.10.1-5
Severity: normal

This bug has been reported on Sid'd version of nautilus, but it is also
valid for the Stable version.

Very simple bug, maybe already known (but I didn't find a report)
which is very annoying for desktop users and 100% reproducible:

$ cd ~/Desktop
$ mkdir -p foo/bar
$ touch foo/bar/file
$ chmod -w foo/bar
(real users can do the same thing easily with nautilus, without command
Now drag the "foo" directory to the trash
And try to flush the trash.

=> no permission.

This happens often in real conditions, when users just copy some stuffs
from another directory or media, where one directory was read-only.
Then, there is no easy way to empty the trash. Users must go to their
home, tell nautilus to display hidden files, enter .Trash, find the
readonly dir, change their permissions, then empty the trash. Or users
must type some recursive chmod command. Both are not friendly...

There are three solutions:
- either the foo directory shouldn't be allowed to be moved to the trash
  (but this would be as annoying as before)
- or the files could be chmod'ed when moved to the trash
  (bad, could be long)
- or, better, the trash deletion should just be forced

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.14-2-k7
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages nautilus depends on:
ii  desktop-file-utils       0.10-1          Utilities for .desktop files
ii  gconf2                   2.10.1-6        GNOME configuration database syste
ii  gnome-control-center     1:2.10.2-1      utilities to configure the GNOME d
ii  libart-2.0-2             2.3.17-1        Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0              1.10.3-1        The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libaudiofile0            0.2.6-6         Open-source version of SGI's audio
ii  libbonobo2-0             2.10.1-1        Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2-0           2.10.1-1        The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                    2.3.5-8.1       GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libeel2-2                2.10.1-3        Eazel Extensions Library (for GNOM
ii  libesd-alsa0 [libesd0]   0.2.36-1        Enlightened Sound Daemon (ALSA) - 
ii  libexif12                0.6.12-2        library to parse EXIF files
ii  libgail-common           1.8.7-1         GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgail17                1.8.7-1         GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgconf2-4              2.10.1-6        GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglade2-0              1:2.5.1-2       library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0             2.8.4-2         The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-desktop-2       2.10.2-1        Utility library for loading .deskt
ii  libgnome2-0              2.10.1-1        The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0        2.10.2-2        A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeui-0             2.10.1-1        The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2-0           2.10.1-5        The GNOME virtual file-system libr
ii  libgtk2.0-0              2.6.10-2        The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libice6                  6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libnautilus-extension1   2.10.1-5        libraries for nautilus components 
ii  liborbit2                1:2.12.4-1      libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0            1.8.2-3         Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpopt0                 1.7-5           lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  librsvg2-2               2.9.5-6         SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  libsm6                   6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System Session Management
ii  libstartup-notification0 0.8-1           library for program launch feedbac
ii  libx11-6                 6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System protocol client li
ii  libxml2                  2.6.22-2        GNOME XML library
ii  nautilus-data            2.10.1-5        data files for nautilus
ii  shared-mime-info         0.16-3          FreeDesktop.org shared MIME databa
ii  xlibs                    6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System client libraries m
ii  zlib1g                   1:1.2.3-8       compression library - runtime

Versions of packages nautilus recommends:
ii  desktop-base                0.3.16       common files for the Debian Deskto
ii  eject                       2.0.13deb-18 ejects CDs and operates CD-Changer
ii  nautilus-cd-burner          2.10.2-2     CD Burning front-end for Nautilus

-- no debconf information

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