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    Default Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    According to Kinfocenter:

    KDE Plasma 5.8.7
    KDE Frameworks 5.32.0
    Qt version 5.6.2

    Dolphin version 17.04.2

    Problem: inconsistent Places panel configuration.

    Description: it is possible to rename and/or hide partitions and shares in the devices section of the Places panel (F9), however if I close and reopen Dolphin, all devices are shown again, with the original names, f.e.,

    /home/shares/files on 192.168.0.1

    instead of

    Files on Server 1
    .

    Device entries are renamed by right-clicking the entry and editing it's label and/or ticking the Hide checkbox.

    Right-clicking on the Devices title, the show all entries checkbox is unselected. If selected, then not only all Devices section entries are shown, but also the previously hidden panel entries, Recently saved and Search for, are shown back.

    If I hide some entries, close and open Dolphin, sometimes all entries come back, other times all mountable entries are shown (i.e. windows 10 special partition is not), and after trying a few times now while testing to write this post, the hidden entries stay hidden *but* the entries shown revert to their original names.

    Is there a Dolphin configuration file where these entries can be renamed/hidden/shown directly, since the GUI interface seems defective?

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    The dolphin configuration file is ~/.config/dolphinrc, but some of the configuration settings are 'embedded' in 'State=....' strings. Maybe someone else can clarify further.

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    The dolphin configuration file is ~/.config/dolphinrc, but some of the configuration settings are 'embedded' in 'State=....' strings. Maybe someone else can clarify further.
    Thanks, Deano. I think these names currently are not saved anywhere. At least, after changing them there's *no* timestamp change in any of the files in .config nor .kde4.

    ~/.config/dolphinrc *is* changed if you, f.e., enable/disable another panel and such. To test this I diffed two files:

    dolphinrc1 with original device names, no information panel
    dolphinrc2 after renaming a few devices, enabling and disabling the info panel (so it's timestamp is newer).

    And diff -q dolphinrc1 dolphinrc2 show no differences.

    So perhaps it's a not-implemented-yet feature...

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    ... the original names, f.e.,

    /home/shares/files on 192.168.0.1
    It's interesting to note that in the original names, /home/shares/files is the path on the server, in the client machine these nfs shares are mounted to different directories (e.g., /home/<user>/shares/files). So perhaps Dolphin is extracting them directly from fstab.

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    It's interesting to note that in the original names, /home/shares/files is the path on the server, in the client machine these nfs shares are mounted to different directories (e.g., /home/<user>/shares/files). So perhaps Dolphin is extracting them directly from fstab.
    Now I'm with you. I thought you were referring to 'Places' where the entries can be renamed persistently. I've never tried editing the titles given to the 'Devices' entries though. The entries are located in ~/.local/share/user-places.xbel, but as you mention the title for the devices (even if editing user-places.xbel directly) do not take effect. For example, I changed my '16.0 GiB Hard Disk' title to 'Test', but the displayed name remains the same.

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    If I hide some entries, close and open Dolphin, sometimes all entries come back, other times all mountable entries are shown (i.e. windows 10 special partition is not), and after trying a few times now while testing to write this post, the hidden entries stay hidden *but* the entries shown revert to their original names.
    The hidden entries problem may possibly relate to this old, uncommented on, bug:

    https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=370332
    Regards, Paul

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    "Senior moment" ... forgot to also say that with regard to renaming devices, in Dolphin 17.12.0 (and possibly earlier), the option to rename a device has been removed from the context menu.

    Dolphin 17.04.2 on the left, 17.12.0 on the right.

    http://paste.opensuse.org/view/raw/8f3611f0
    Regards, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannington View Post
    "Senior moment" ... forgot to also say that with regard to renaming devices, in Dolphin 17.12.0 (and possibly earlier), the option to rename a device has been removed from the context menu.
    Indeed, and that's because it never worked, it never was supported to rename devices with dolphin at all.

    That device names were editable in dolphin's "Places" pane was a bug that was fixed in 17.08.0:
    https://cgit.kde.org/dolphin.git/com...7f1f36ddf9bb6e

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Indeed, and that's because it never worked, it never was supported to rename devices with dolphin at all.

    That device names were editable in dolphin's "Places" pane was a bug that was fixed in 17.08.0:
    https://cgit.kde.org/dolphin.git/com...7f1f36ddf9bb6e
    Thanks for clarifying this.

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    Default Re: Can't permanently rename or hide selected devices in Dolphin's Places panel

    A small follow-up:

    After restarting Dolphin only one device is hidden, no matter how many where selected. You have to exit and restart dolphin, select another device to hide, rinse and repeat.

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