Dialog box when click on drive icon?

I need votes. Those who have been testing the Woof builds will know that if you left-click on a desktop drive icon when the partition is already mounted, it pops up an orange dialog box asking if you want to unmount the partition or unmount all partitions. If you respond 'NO' then Rox opens.

Would you prefer to go back to the old behaviour, no orange dialog box, Rox just opens straight away?

If so, the partition would have to be unmounted with a right-click and selection in a menu.

Note, the reason that I introduced the orange dialog box is because newcomers might not be aware of the right-click menu, and if they had a mounted USB Flash drive and wanted to remove it, they might be confused how to unmount it.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 10:23


Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 8:48 by daftdog
Old is better!
I prefer the old way.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 8:59 by PaulBx1
Third option
Not fond of the dialog box.

However, I think it should work like this. Left-click on an unmounted partition mounts it without dialog. Left click on a mounted partition unmounts it, with a dialog only if an application is still using the partition. Any other possible actions accessed via the menu from a right click.

This improves consistency.

Generally, you want left clicks to generate instantaneous action without fuss, for the most common action. Right clicks are for less frequently used actions or for actions that require dialogs, etc.

That's what I think,anyway. :-)

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 9:41 by bigfoot
left and right click
leftclick opens everything, so I don't see any persistency in giving it a different meaning on partition symbols.
So, instead a popup about "I am mounting now and you have to rightclick to unmount it when ready" when mounting should arise, if already mounted it simply opens Rox and to unmount it it needs a right click.

One button mice are rare to find ;-)

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 10:30 by BarryK
Orange dlg box
Yes, a compromise would probably work ok. You do a left-click and if no processes are using the partition, then the dialog box comes up. If any processes are using the partition then no dialog just open a Rox window.
...but some people might still find that too annoying.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 10:50 by gposil
Orange dlg box
I actually think that it is worth keeping as the default action when left clicking on mounted partition, but what could be simpler than just making it optional as an interface setting...i'm just about to do that in dpup, and change it to an Xdialog instead of gxmessage

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 11:51 by dogone
No confirmation
With respect, Barry. I think this is a matter of a solution looking for a problem. Users are "new" for just a couple of days. Users are "users" for a lifetime. Economy dictates that new users learn the ropes as they always have without burdening more experienced users ad infinitum. Shades of Microsoft!

Orange dialogs do not a great Puppy make.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 12:34 by arby
Open ROX Straight Away!
Open ROX Straight Away!
Fast and Efficient should be THE way.

Any other dialog pop-up that gets in
the way, is exactly that... in the way.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 13:44 by charlie6
Dialog box
I prefer the old way.
Sometimes (I would even say randomly) right clicking on a drive opens another rox "edit object"...a bit boring as I wanted only to unmount and then have to close it and repeat right clicking. I don't know how this happens (cannot reproduce it systematically at each right-click...). This don't ssems to be mouse's brand or type dependent (wacm, ps/2 or serial are even)

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 14:45 by lobster
A simple orange
"Orange dialogs do not a great Puppy make."

Too true. I am still trying to understand mounting. The closest I can get is if I run from CD and my HD is unmounted, I should be very secure. Yesterday my hard disk was whirring for no reason that I could discern. If I was a tin-hat I would be on it . . .
I always saw the orange dialog as a temp imposition for programming tests.
Beginners soon, very soon, get used to simple.
The previous simpler use or the modified compromise is always better. Simple is always better long term. I still mourn Simple Pup [sob]

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 14:49 by puppymike
Old way
I am used to the "old way"

Rgds Mike

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 15:04 by cli_user
old way
I think the old way is more like Windows Explorer; left click to mount/open, right click to do anything else.

The only other option would be to do something on an extended hover on top of the icon, like pop up the dialog or a tooltip (Left:Open, Right:Options)

I'm not advocating this. cli_user, right?

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 16:24 by disciple
the real weakness is...
For consistency, left-clicking should always open things.

The big problem with those desktop drive icons is that you can't drag files onto them, as you can with normally pinned directories.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 16:40 by Dejan
I vote no dialog box, it's annoying, I click on drive icons many times and can't stand that behaviour every time. Or you just explain how to turn it off then I don't mind if it will be in release or not.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 17:29 by pakt
The old way
Please return to the old behavior. I find the dialog box annoying.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 17:47 by compactrom
Dialog popup
How about a tick box in the dialog with the option to stop showing the popups in future.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 19:57 by doc
don't offend the right click-button!
Dont offend the right click-button :-)

left click: mount (only)
right click: context menu

Why don't anyone bulid a GUI where the right-click context menu includes much choices than what it does today (in linux and windows)?

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 20:36 by foo
click classic
It rapidly becomes a habit (left click initial and thereafter on a driveicon .. mounts if unmounted and opens a Rox for that point), simple and direct. Expected even. Almost the same to unmount with rightclick, etc.

Dialogue boxes seem to be more in the way of unexpected events (such as 'failures') or interaction on a more attentive level like the save2(s) while in session or a simple FYI (the orange saving RAM to flash comes to mind).

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 20:36 by bosco_bearbank
old way
Another vote for the old way. Unmount all should be in the context menu obtained by right-clicking.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 22:08 by pstef
Drive icon
My preference is as follows:

Left click always opens ROX. If drive is not mounted, mount it before ROX opens.

Unmount option should only be in context menu.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 22:41 by lstandish
Old way
Left-click on mounted drive icon immediately opens in ROX is one of my favorite Puppy behaviours.

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 23:07 by DC
ergonomically - less mouse clicks whislt working (with drives)

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 24:31 by Gedrean
Left click opens ROX - because everywhere else in Puppy maintains the same behavior (single-left-click opens an icon) even on Desktop, the drive shouldn't be different.

Maybe one of the orange boxes with that mounted success right-click to unmount message like when mounting an SFS or 2FS or ISO... but with different wording of course, as suggested earlier by others

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 24:40 by PaulBx1
Although almost everyone seems to prefer the old way (and I almost prefer it, certainly over the current situation), I also like the idea of left clicking a mounted volume to unmount it, and putting the rox invocation in the context menu instead. Is there a way to have a choice on this? Don't need a fancy configuration menu; all we really need is a commented file where we can go in and edit it for our preferred behavior...

Posted on 22 Aug 2009, 24:53 by PaulBx1
Another possibility
How about left-clicking an unmounted volume mounts it AND invokes ROX; left-clicking a mounted volume closes ROX windows (with no dialog unless other applications are active there) AND unmounts it? And any additional ROX invocations come from the context window?

My 4.1.2 Puppy has gotten into the annoying habit of invoking Pmount whenever I left click on a drive icon. I don't see why pmount should be invoked at all for a left click; I don't mind if it is in the context menu though.

Posted on 23 Aug 2009, 3:39 by eprv
old way
left click opens ROX if not mounted it first mounts
right click dialog box

Posted on 23 Aug 2009, 3:39 by ttuuxxx
usb stick
I personally wouldn't mind a taskbar icon to remove/unmount usb sticks/drives, left click on it and it displays a list of currently plugged in USB devices, that would be cool.

Posted on 23 Aug 2009, 15:48 by Dejan
Hey Barry, could you explain what I need to change to make that dialog box disapear, I'm using dpup these days and want to remove it. Thanks.

Posted on 4 Dec 2009, 11:07 by viktor
no dialog
Im on 4.31 and keep getting the dialog when I navigate away from a mount point - Very annoying! I can unmount w a right-click, please tell me how I could disable this dialog. Thanks

Posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:25 by ttuuxxx
Dialog box when click on drive icon
Hi Barry which file controls this, I really hate that orange box and would like to turn it off when clicking the drive icons.

Posted on 22 Jan 2011, 7:50 by BarryK
Re orange box
What orange box? This thread was active in 2009, and I did away with that orange box.

Note, the desktop drive icons are handled in /root/.pup_event.

Posted on 22 Jan 2011, 9:27 by ttuuxxx
Dpup lenny
Hi Barry I've been updating an older version of Dpup lenny, Its smaller than the latest, But it still has the orange box popup when you click the drive icons at the bottom of the screen.
So that's the box I would like to remove. All I have in /root/.pup_event is drive icons, nothing to edit to remove that orange box.
Thanks for your help

Posted on 22 Jan 2011, 15:04 by BarryK
Re orange box
Those dirve icons inside /root/.pup_event are directories. Right-click and choose "Look inside".

For example, /root/.pup_event/drive_sdb2/AppRun is what runs when you click on a drive icon for sdb2.

When a drive icon is created, /usr/local/bin/drive_all gets copied and renamed to /root/.pup_event/drive_sdb2/AppRun (for example of sdb2).

So, /usr/local/bin/drive_all is the one that needs to be edited.