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[solved] why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:19 pm
by elmarts
On the Mate desktop, clicking the computer icon, opens a window with the location of "computer:///" - this location shows all my drives OK, but no info on size, type or date modified. Why not?

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:43 pm
by Larry78723
Because unlike Windows which labels a partition as a drive (C:\) a drive in Linux is a physical object (HDD, SSD, etc) which may contain many partitions.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:44 pm
by athi
That is the top level of the Caja file manager screen, showing the active drive listings. You will need to click an item on the left navigation pane to show the folders and file listing in that location.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:46 pm
by sgtor
Hit Ctrl-2 to switch to list format.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:06 pm
by elmarts
it is in list format - but why are there columns there if they never show any information? Yes, I can see what is there if I click on each drive. That is not the question.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:29 pm
by athi
Are you talking about the items in the left hand pane under Computer?

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:05 pm
by sgtor
elmarts wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:06 pm
it is in list format - but why are there columns there if they never show any information? Yes, I can see what is there if I click on each drive. That is not the question.
I misunderstood your question, I thought you had started caja in it's default mode and only saw icons.
The first two posts had better answers. I'll just add that your hard drives themselves aren't mounts so there is nothing to show, you can see info for the mounts that are within the hard drive.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:06 pm
by elmarts
athi wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:29 pm
Are you talking about the items in the left hand pane under Computer?
No - the right hand panel under the computer icon. I see columns labeled name, size, type, date modified and owner. Only the name is displayed, All the other columns are blank or say "unknown"

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:18 pm
by altair4
None of the columns in a List view would make any sense since the things displayed are devices.

Since this has already been answered why not open Caja, select View, and change it from List to Icons. The problem such that it is goes away.

Re: why does computer:/// show no information?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:49 pm
by elmarts
OK - that explanation helped a lot. thanks.