Feature Requests item #1049605, was opened at 2004-10-18 17:51
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Submitted By: Pater (pater)
Assigned to: Tim Ringenbach (marv_sf)
Summary: No link to downloaded files in the conversation

Initial Comment:
I have previoudly used MS Messenger and are evaluated
Gaim. There are two things that I find missing in Gaim
and this report is about the second one.

In Ms messenger, when received a file, a link to this
file is showed in the conversation window.

This is missing in Gaim, and you have to check the
folder where downloads are placed.

Mostly theese filetransfers are only of temporal
interest and are most convinitly managed if a link is
shown in the conversation.


Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-04-20 11:00

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As we are closing this tracker, please submit any feature request that is
still valid to http://developer.pidgin.im.  Thanks. 


Comment By: Pater (pater)
Date: 2004-10-23 08:27

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The problems I see are, remember which folder Gaim uses,
browsing to the correct one and when there, knowing which
jpg belongs to which conversation comment.

>>this is one of the cars I looked at, it was crap. <link to
downloaded image>

>>this is the one I bought<link to downloaded image>.

For me klicking on links in the conversation is the most
intuitive way, that is the reason for the suggestion, the
option to browse to the download window will always be
there. (*)

The problem with bloated download folder can be solved with
an option to delete the oldest file when the folder contains
a setable number of megabytes.

(*) Additionally showing a configurable sized thumbnail
picture of image downloads would be even better, I would
personally configure it to display with the same width as
the current conversation window. I think this could be a
killer feature.


Comment By: switch (switcht)
Date: 2004-10-23 04:55

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Food for thought seeing as how you said that those files are 
generally only of temporary interest wouldnt it make more 
sense to go to the location of the file so you can remove it 
when you're done rather than leaving hundreds of never to be 
used again files tucked away in a temporary folder. I can't 
stand microsoft's products propensity to fill %TEMP% with 
crap they have no intention of cleaning up hehe.


Comment By: Pater (pater)
Date: 2004-10-19 14:30

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I agree it is not a bug, I thought the same interface was
used for feature requests,

I dont understand why the link in the conversation window
would be useless, I dont know how ms has solved it, but it
could be solved on the receiver side of Gaim by putting up a
file:// link in the conversation window when the file is
downloaded, as a selectable preferences option.

The sent files are often belonging to the discussion e.g.
"look at the picture of my new car", etc, and I find it hard
to tell which file in the download folder was the one just sent.


Comment By: Daniel Atallah (datallah)
Date: 2004-10-18 21:11

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FWIW, recent versions of Yahoo Messenger also do this, but
this is definitely not a bug, but rather a Request for


Comment By: DaRocker22 (darocker22)
Date: 2004-10-18 20:24

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This is not a bug... 

And you must remember that Gaim is not exactly the same as
MSN Messenger. Gaim was built to use multiple protcols (msn,
aim, yahoo, etc...) And since MSN is the only messenger that
puts the link in the conversation window, its then its
useless in a Multi messenger. Therefore thats why Gaim uses
a Download Manager, which you can change the settings to
where your downloads are put and wether or not to close the
window after download is complete.


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