On Mar 10, 2011, at 12:24 PM, Peter Cock wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> Via the Galaxy admin interface, I'm currently importing some BAM
> files into a library from the local file system. Since they are big, I
> don't want Galaxy to copy them.
> 
> So I looked at the "Copy data into Galaxy?" option and made
> sure it wasn't ticked. Galaxy did copy the file :(
> 
> I looked at the interface again, and see you have:
> 
>> Copy data into Galaxy?
>> [check box] No
>> Normally data uploaded with this tool is copied into Galaxy's "files"
>> directory so any later changes to the data will not affect Galaxy.
>> However, this may not be desired (especially for large NGS
>> datasets), so use of this option will force Galaxy to always
>> read the data from its original path.
> 
> You've got a tick box labelled "No" so it does the opposite to the
> question above it. That is a HORRIBLE interface. I can't be the
> first person to be tricked by it, can I?

I had a co-worker mess this up too.  I thought this was a poor design decision. 
 I thought maybe yes/no radio options would work.  "Copy data into galaxy? 
yes(*) no( )"



> I would urge you to remove the work "No" and flip the meaning
> (and default) to match. But that could confuse existing admin
> users used to clicking from previous habit.
> 
> How about making it a select parameter instead, with options
> "Copy files (default)" and "Link to files" which is very explicit?

I think this would be better than the current "no" check box,  and more 
explicit than my yes(*) no () radio buttons


> Likewise for the "Preserve directory structure?" setting, I'd
> remove the "No" caption and flip the setting, or just replace
> the backwards tick box with a select parameter offering
> "Preserve directory structure" and "Place in selected folder"
> (or something like that).
> 
> Pretty please? How about if I write and test the patch?
> 
> Peter
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