Hi, if this isn’t the appropriate place to discuss this, happy to move elsewhere. From a previous conversation:
raw xattrs aren’t meant to be exposed in the UI directly like that. Instead, apps should process the xattrs they understand and use them to power UI features.
The following link was referenced: https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/CommonExtendedAttributes/
There it says:
Extended attributes are especially useful when they add information that is not present in the in the actual file. Depending on the file origin, an application can add metadata that is not present and/or can not be specified by the file or its format. For example file downloaded from a web server can be tagged with the url, which can be convenient if its source has to be determined in the future.
These attributes are currently proposed
- user.xdg.comment: A comment specified by the user. This comment could be displayed by file managers
My feature request, or perhaps question to the GNOME (Nautilus) developers, is: is there any appetite for using the
user.xdg.comment attribute to implement a ‘Comment’ UI in the file properties dialog? It could be a new ‘Comment’ tab, or even a ‘Comment’ text area in the ‘Basic’ tab. Would be super useful for people to keep notes on files.
If we want to get fancy: we could even show a next to the filename for files with a non-empty comment.
I understand that Nautilus used to have some custom ‘notes’ feature which was removed, but perhaps it can be considered again using an XDG proposed standard to back it up?