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    Default Dolphin control issues

    Dolphin file manager 17.04.2-4.1

    I am having a problem with 2 things in Dolphin:

    1] I like my files listed by TYPE [e.g. - .mp3, .mpr, .rar, etc].
    I can get this to happen by clicking on CONTROL at the top right of the Dolphin window and choosing SORT BY and TYPE.
    The problem is that it will only stay that way for a few days and then it reverts back to being sorted by NAME.
    Does anyone know of a way to keep this from changing?

    2] I like my files shown with DETAILS and have set it up that way in Dolphin Configuration.
    Again, at times [WEEKLY] it changes to COMPACT VIEW.
    Does anyone know of a way to keep this from changing?

    Is it possible to hardwire? these changes in the Dolphin software?

    Thank You
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    Default Re: Dolphin control issues

    You say that the fall back to the old configuration is after a few days. Does that coincide with you loging out after a few days end login again? Or do you log out more often and do you get the old configuration "spontanious" after the Nth time you log in?
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    You say that the fall back to the old configuration is after a few days. Does that coincide with you loging out after a few days end login again? Or do you log out more often and do you get the old configuration "spontanious" after the Nth time you log in?
    I very rarely log out, but this seems to have no effect on these conditions. This seems to happen at no particular time.
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    Default Re: Dolphin control issues

    I try to find out if there is any action that can be connected to the change back. But we need your help with this. So please take care and try to find out if it happens after you stopped Dolphin and restarted it, after you logged out (as asked earlier), other .... Please try to find a pattern, any pattern.
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    Are you using "Remember properties for each folder", or "Use common properties for all folders" ?

    Check: Settings -> Configure Dolphin -> General -> Behaviour -> View

    and what are your settings for: View -> Adjust View Properties ?
    Regards, Paul

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    Default Re: Dolphin control issues

    @hcvv
    I try to find out if there is any action that can be connected to the change back. But we need your help with this. So please take care and try to find out if it happens after you stopped Dolphin and restarted it, after you logged out (as asked earlier), other .... Please try to find a pattern, any pattern.
    I will try to monitor for any pattern, but so far I have not seen one. I have my folders set to open each in a new window with it always opening to a specific folder [PreEdit], from which I navigate from to other folders.


    Quote Originally Posted by tannington View Post
    Are you using "Remember properties for each folder", or "Use common properties for all folders" ?

    Check: Settings -> Configure Dolphin -> General -> Behaviour -> View

    and what are your settings for: View -> Adjust View Properties ?
    I am using - "Use common properties for all folders" because I want all my Dolphin windows the same size, etc.

    settings for: View -> Adjust View Properties -
    View Mode : Details [I like to use Details not because of the amount of details that can be listed, but because it is listed in a downward scroll , which I prefer.
    Sorting: Ascending by TYPE
    Folders First
    Show Hiden Files
    In Additional I just have Name and Size checked only
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    Default Re: Dolphin control issues

    This will not help, but I have Details for as long as Dolphin is in KDE (and I had a similar view in Konqueror before that). Never any problems of that being changed by black magic.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Dolphin control issues

    as far as I can tell Dolphin uses/stores per directory display preferences
    the only thing I'm thinking off is maybe you're running an app like sweeper or bleachbit which deletes Dolphin's settings file

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaQuirrELL View Post
    settings for: View -> Adjust View Properties -
    View Mode : Details [I like to use Details not because of the amount of details that can be listed, but because it is listed in a downward scroll , which I prefer.
    Sorting: Ascending by TYPE
    Folders First
    Show Hiden Files
    In Additional I just have Name and Size checked only
    OK...

    Navigate to your home folder, then:

    View -> Adjust View Properties

    In the upper section ensure the view is set as you require (and as you listed above)

    In the lower section (Apply view properties to)

    Select "Current folder including all sub-folders"

    Ensure that "Use these view properties as default" is ticked/selected.

    Then "Apply".

    The "Use these view properties as default" is important, as otherwise Dolphin will use it's own (internal) defaults on any new folder, or for an existing folder if it fails to find the ".directory" file, but, see below.


    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    as far as I can tell Dolphin uses/stores per directory display preferences
    the only thing I'm thinking off is maybe you're running an app like sweeper or bleachbit which deletes Dolphin's settings file
    Dolphin uses view settings on a per folder basis as set by the (hidden) ".directory" file in the associated folder, or in some cases, removable media for example, the view settings are stored below "~/.local/share/dolphin/view_properties/"

    ...and, yes, if the ".directory" file was deleted then dolphin would the revert to it's default view.

    But, I thought it only used view settings from there if "Remember properties for each folder" had been set in "Settings -> Configure Dolphin -> General -> Behaviour -> View", however I could be wrong on that.
    Regards, Paul

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