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Re: Shouldn't use ZTree's Alt-'D'uplicate just the current dir?!!

Posted By: John Gruener <>
Date: Saturday, 22 August 1998, at 8:46 p.m.

In Response To: Shouldn't use ZTree's Alt-'D'uplicate just the current dir?!! (Mathias Winkler)

> We have a great new command in ZTree now, Alt-'D'uplicate from
> the directory window, to duplicate an entire branch, while preserving empty
> subdirectories (Alt-Copy from Branch doesn't!) AND preserving dir-attributes
> (many other methods/software doesn't!).

> Currently, we have two options in ZTree's Alt-'D'uplicate:
> 'P'aths are (full paths) resp. (partial branch paths)

> Unfortunately neither the first nor the latter option does work the way I
> expect it to work, namely simply to use the *current* dir as
> top branch below the target dir; so for instance if I want to backup the
> 'System'-branch below the 'Windows'-dir to a target directory called 'Backup'
> or so, I have to jump back to the parent dir ('Windows') and select option
> 'partial branch paths'!!!

If I understand your example, you want to have \Backup\System as your target, right? Why not just enter that as your target, and choose Partial? I don't see the need for jumping back to the \Windows directory. Or am I missing something?

> IMHO Alt-'D'uplicate should, at least, have another option
> named "Current" to use the current dir as root for the duplicated branch
> below the target; just like most other file managers behave:
> For example, using the Windows Desktop resp. Explorer, you
> would select a particular directory, hit 'Copy', and then click on
> the target and invoke a 'Paste' - that simple and does work rather intuitive,
> why can't ZTree ?

Mathias, I'm going to have to both disagree and agree.

First, I disagree that Alt-Duplicate doesn't work as expected. I think it works EXACTLY as expected. We must keep in mind that ZTree is emulating the XTree philosophy, not Windows Explorer's. There are many instances where the way it works is just as I want it to work.

Second, with that said, I agree that it would be nice to have the ability to duplicate the highlighted, or current, directory as well. However, all this saves is typing in the current subdirectory name as part of the target, if it doesn't already exist, (i.e., you can't F2 point to it or use the F8 split screen to point to it).

The thing to remember is that we're still copying files, not directories. The duplication of the directories is still mainly a subfunction of copying files, even though Alt-Duplicate duplicates empty directories and their attributes. At some point in ZTree's evolution, maybe we'll be able to tag directories, (not the files within). Then I think we should expect the ability to copy or move the current level anywhere.

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