[Thunar-dev] linking root paths

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Sat Nov 4 13:02:36 CET 2006

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Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>> Hey Benny,
>> xfdesktop allows the user to drag (for example) the 'File System' icon
>> from the thunar path bar to the desktop, or to a folder icon on the
>> desktop, if for some reason they want to make a symlink to '/'.
>> However, thunar-vfs seems to explicitly disallow this, and throws a
>> critical warning.
>> The culprit seems to be line 258 of thunar-vfs-io-ops.c, in
>> _thunar_io_ops_link_file():
>> _thunar_vfs_return_val_if_fail (!thunar_vfs_path_is_root (source_path),
>>                                 FALSE);
>> Is there any reason for this?  I can easily do "ln -s / ~/file-system"
>> from a terminal; why doesn't thunar-vfs allow it?
> There's no real technical reason for this. It's more of a usability
> feature. Well, it doesn't make sense for the average user (actually for
> no user at all) to introduce this kind of cycles in the file system. The
> "File System" is the same as the "Harddisk" item on OS X for example. A
> special item that refers to the root.

Ok, I think it's silly to go to the effort to disallow it, but I don't
really care either way.


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