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Re: [Bug-wget] [RFC] Reverse scrolling direction

From: Tim Ruehsen
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] [RFC] Reverse scrolling direction
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:41:20 +0100
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On Tuesday 02 December 2014 17:52:48 Darshit Shah wrote:
> On 11/27, Darshit Shah wrote:
> >A couple of days ago, Giuseppe suggested (on IRC) that maybe we should
> >reverse the direction in which the filename in the progressbar
> >scrolls.
> >
> >His reasoning was that the last part of the file is the most important
> >for most people / use cases. This use case is recursive retrieval
> >where once you're a couple levels deep, actually knowing the filename
> >could be difficult with the current scrolling mechanism.
> >
> >I've attached a patch which reverses the direction of the scrolling.
> >The patch is currently only a proof of concept and will be changed and
> >cleaned for the final version. However, I'd like everyone's views on
> >the direction of scrolling and how it looks reversed. I believe that
> >after reversing it, the progress bar may be more useful in a recursive
> >retrieval, but looks a lot worse.
> >
> >My suggestion is to add another option to the --progress=bar switch,
> >something like this:
> >--progress-bar:rtol and --progress=bar:ltor for switching between the
> >two scrolling styles, with rtol (Right to Left) being the default.
> Any updates / suggestions / reviews on this topic?

Hi Darshit,

currently with -r I see something like this

Saving to: ‘www.hostname.d.de/lkdfsldkflsdf/subdir/xxx/file-to-save’

www.hostname.d.de/lkdfsldkflsdf/subdir/xxx/file-       [ <=>                    
                                                  ]  77.81K  --.-KB/s   in 0.1s 

My personal favor would be
1. IMHO, for single-threaded downloads we don't need the filename in the 'bar' 
line at all.
2. but if a user wants it: just print the filename into the 'bar' line (I can 
read the 'Saving to:' line pretty well).
3. if the plain filename name is too long, I would like to see the beginning 
and the and with ... in between without scrollling.


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