Issue 88399 - Selecting to show "All Files" in "Open" dialog fails to show dot files
Summary: Selecting to show "All Files" in "Open" dialog fails to show dot files
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Product: gsl
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: All All
: P4 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: OOo 3.x
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2008-04-17 16:01 UTC by rene
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:34 UTC (History)
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Description rene 2008-04-17 16:01:48 UTC
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Subject: Re: Bug#476556: Selecting to show "All Files" in
        "Open" dialog fails to show dot files
Subject line says it all: additionally there's no option via a right
click in the "Open" (file) dialog to select something like "show
hidden files".

And yes: I searched the local openoffice help files for some setting
that could change that behavior ...
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Comment 1 philipp.lohmann 2008-04-17 17:32:57 UTC
pl->fs: the generic file picker is your's ? If not please forward to appropriate
Comment 2 Frank Schönheit 2008-04-17 22:24:16 UTC
Well, the issue 26365 was closed as WONTFIX - it also requested to show hidden
files. Searching IZ for "hidden files" gives some more issues ... The bottom
line is: Indeed it currently works as designed (hidden files are not shown), and
both behaviours (show / don't show) have good arguments on their side, for some
use cases.

I'd suggest introducing an additional button in the file picker, "Show Hidden
Files", or something like this. But I leave this up for the user experience team.

(And no, the internal file picker is not necessarily mine anymore. PB might be a
more appropriate owner nowadays - I gave back to him what I once inherited :)