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  • Michael Bulgrien
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    Originally posted by Seeker View Post
    since your post says "expert"
    "expert" means he has been around long enough to make over 50 posts.

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  • Seeker
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    Looking at file confirmations, I see two that apply for overwrites:

    Confirm overwriting new files

    Confirm replacing files during move

    I have both checked. For copy, the first might not trigger on some copies, but should for other copies.

    As for the move, it seems the second confirmation listed above would have triggered on each overwrite.

    Now, all that said - I understand if this wasn't considered - it appears "copy/move to folder" may be an add on for convenience - since the confirmations appear designed to cover files that were there before action was initiated (otherwise it would say confirm overwriting files vs confirm overwriting newer files) - whereas here, the files to be overwritten appear DURING the action.

    Even so, this overwriting of files during the action is still of concern, and I think you'll get complaints about it if you leave it alone.

    Thanks, still, for a great product.

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  • Seeker
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    I'm not sure, since your post says "expert", whether you say that confirmation DOES happen based on folder confirmation, or you are saying it SHOULD happen.

    Either way, copy/move to folder does NOT occur based on folder confirmation settings - all of mine are checked, but this overwrite on copy, and overwrite on move (which results in lost files) does NOT appear to follow the confirmation settings, but simply overwrites with no confirmation dialogs.

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  • Lutz
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    Hello!

    Yes, overwriting existing files while copy/move to folder should respect 'Folder Confirmation'-settings!

    Then the renaming may be selected by the user in the confirmation dialog (i. e. (1)/parent folder/CRC-String). This also may appear before the action (managing duplicate file names).

    Greetings Lutz

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  • Seeker
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    As I initially said, I'm not real surprised this is as intended, I was just "hoping".

    I can do the renaming with something like Better File Rename, I just thought BC might do it, given there IS overwrite and I doubt it will be expected, especially if there are just 2-3 identical names in a long list of names.

    However, I am surprised you do this for "Move to Folder" without warning the user that they are about to lose (maybe many) files that happen to have the same name.
    Last edited by Seeker; 04-Jun-2008, 02:18 PM.

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  • Aaron
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    This is currently working as expected. To determine otherwise would add a decent amount of pre-processing to this specific scenario (Copy/Move To Folder, remove folder structure, identical names).

    The workflow you are looking to accomplish is not easily handled in BC. The issue comes in that you have to rename the files manually. To do so more easily, I would recommend a Copy To Folder (a temp folder) and preserve the folder structure. Then Flatten Folders (so it shows the list of files) and rename them manually. Then copy again, removing the folders.

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  • Seeker
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    I just did a test bed - MOVED two identically named files from two folders into a single folder (don't maintain folder hierarchy). Yep - lost one of them!!!!

    Whereas I consider the copy folder - overwriting the files to be problematic - at least I still have them in their original location.

    But when you move them, you LOSE all but one. That's not real cool, even if intended.

    Thoughts?

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  • Seeker
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    Oh, and I could tolerate (be thrilled with?) an option that gave a duplicate filename its foldername to keep it unique; i.e.

    FNAME1
    --- folder.jpg
    FNAME2
    --- folder.jpg

    copies to single folder as fname1-folder.jpg and fname2-folder.jpg

    or any similar mapping, if such a thing exists. But I'm not betting on it.
    Last edited by Seeker; 04-Jun-2008, 10:36 AM.

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