Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#8799 assigned enhancement

"Open with..." menu getting overloaded with unwanted options.

Reported by: jstressman Owned by: nobody
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: Applications/Tracker Version: R1/Development
Keywords: Cc: mdisreali@…
Blocked By: Blocking: #11024, #13012
Platform: All


Haiku is automatically adding to the "Open with..." list any applications it finds on any of my BFS drives capable of opening the given file.

I have backups of my whole Haiku system on there, as well as folders containing work I'm doing on other applications etc. This has led to a real mess of the "Open with..." context menu.

I don't think a user should be forced to hide things from Haiku on non-BFS drives (and lose attributes), or zip things etc.

Wouldn't an option to exclude drives or something be a better option? Apparently it's supposed to be a feature that these applications are automatically added based on queries etc... but hopefully there's some better way to deal with this side effect.

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by jstressman, 8 years ago

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comment:1 by diver, 8 years ago

Component: - GeneralApplications/Tracker
Owner: changed from nobody to axeld

comment:2 by X512, 8 years ago

As workaround backup partition can be unmounted if not used.

comment:3 by humdinger, 8 years ago

I'd suggest to have all apps on /boot on the first level of the context menu and hide apps on other drives under drive-folders in a second level.

"Open with" window would have to be changed in the same way.

comment:4 by Disreali, 8 years ago

Cc: mdisreali@… added

Why not just have the "Open with... context menu" be limited to the /boot volume and have the "Open with window" behave it does now. That way if there are apps not on the /boot volume the user can just click the "Open with... context menu" item or CTRL+ALT+O to list all application on all mounted volume.

comment:5 by humdinger, 8 years ago

Context menus are just too convenient to limit the apps listed there only to /boot.
I'm not sure my suggestion with the submenus for what's on other drives is that great either. What about duplicates on the same drive, for example? Maybe this would work better:

List all apps on the first level. In case of duplicates, have those with their path (maybe as tooltips) in that entry's submenu. If a user clicks the first level entry, it defaults to the app that's on /boot

comment:6 by jstressman, 7 years ago

I've now run into yet another really irritating side effect of this "trying to be helpful" non-helpful behavior.

I erroneously filed ticket #9504 because Haiku was opening PDF files without me installing BePDF, leading me to believe there was a bug with installoptionalpackages listing an already installed program.

I didn't realize until just after I'd filed the ticket (and did a search and only found copies on my backup drive) that Haiku was picking a random copy out of the several in my backup folders and using that instead.

comment:7 by anevilyak, 6 years ago

Blocking: 11024 added

(In #11024) Duplicate of #8799.

comment:8 by waddlesplash, 5 years ago

Milestone: R1Unscheduled

comment:9 by humdinger, 4 years ago

Blocking: 13012 added

comment:10 by axeld, 3 years ago

Owner: changed from axeld to nobody
Status: newassigned
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