On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM, Glen Beane <glen.be...@jax.org> wrote:
>
> 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
>

You may be right, but switching from a checkbox to a select
isn't as easy as it could be... at least not with my familiarity
with the code base.

>> 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?
>>

Patch for flipping the  "Preserve directory structure?" setting,
which I hope you can test then merge/transplant to the trunk:

https://bitbucket.org/peterjc/galaxy-central/changeset/669dcc2803ba

I'm still working on the "Copy data into Galaxy?" setting...

Peter

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