New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

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New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by lnbrantley » 2020 Apr 10, 15:51

* [P] When searching for duplicates and selecting them, xplorer² arranges the sort order by date so that the OLDER file in each group remains (it is not selected), and you can delete the newer duplicates, if that's what you want. Of course if the duplicate checking parameters include date, this sorting is pointless as all files will have the same dates by construction!

Can this be turned off, so that it works the way it did in earlier versions?
Previously you could sort using any column in a scrap window and the files lower in the sorted window would be selected for deletion.

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Re: New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by nikos » 2020 Apr 10, 19:29

can you give me an example where sorting by a different column works better than "date modified"?

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Re: New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by lnbrantley » 2020 Apr 11, 03:33

OK, say I have a bunch of files in folder A and its sub-folders and in also folder B and its sub-folders. There are some files duplicated between the A folder tree and the B folder tree. Some of the files in B are newer, and some in A, I want to keep all the ones in the B folder tree and delete all the duplicates in the A folder tree. Maybe I like the way the files are organized in the B tree better. I don't care about the dates. In the old version, I select A & B, flatten, click on the Path column header twice to do reverse sort on pathname so that all the files in B are on top and all the files in A are a the bottom. Click Duplicates. All the duplicate files in A are selected. Click Delete. Done.

Can't do that anymore in the new version.

Even simpler, I want to get rid of all duplicate files in a single folder, keeping the first duplicate alphabetically and get rid of those later in the alphabetical sort order. I care only about the names, and don't care at all about the dates. Trivial in the old version. Can't do it in the new version.

I do stuff like this all the time, and have been doing so since version 1.This is a significant loss of functionality for me.

The old version would allow you to sort by date and check duplicates based on that if that's what you wanted. So there's really no new functionality, it just saves you a click or two.

Please consider adding an option to disable this new feature in a future update.

Thanks.

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Re: New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by nikos » 2020 Apr 11, 08:53

it is possible to select the files afterwards, using a rule, e.g. path contains "folder B" and such. But anyway, I will add an option for this behavior

ps. I have a better idea. I'll leave the new mode when people are using the duplicate checker in "automatic" mode (start from the main xplorer2 window), but when you manually insert items in a scrap window and start the duplicates checker from there, it will respect whatever sort mode you have

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Re: New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by lnbrantley » 2020 Apr 11, 14:25

Sounds good - thanks!

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Re: New duplicate selection feature - turn off?

Post by lnbrantley » 2020 May 08, 21:58

Installed 4.4.0.1
Much better! Thanks!

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