Path smart display

If paths are long it would be handy to see the first AND LAST bit.


See GitTower how they handle this.

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Which view(s) in particular were you thinking of here? We don't often display full paths, the only place I can think of is the diff pane, but that scrolls.

All three views (left top) have Path as a column...

Filename, Path

Right, it's just your quote above included the filename at the end, implying that you couldn't see it, but of course in SourceTree the path and filename are separate, so the file name is never cut off.

I see, then I mean:



The point I'm trying to make is that the end of path is as important as the beginning. This is to long to see:


Now I have to drag the right of path column to the right, almost fullscreen or hover each path to see the end. I had 2300 new files last time and wanted to put them in bundeled separate commits. I ended up committing this time with GitTower and went back to SourceTree when the new files were not that much again.

Another nice method is how Sequel Pro handles long database values:

1) First the font width is made smaller to fit the column

2) Still to long? Then the font size is made smaller (but not to small) to fit the column

3) Still to long? The the value is done like I said above: public_html/asse...w/component/Container.js

OK, I sort of see your point here (but to clarify, the file name isn't on the end of the path as you describe there, it's simply the folder).

And if you were grouping things by path, you could have more easily done this by switching to the tree view or column view, which doesn't have a path column at all, it's a hierarchical view.

But regardless, fair point that compressing in the middle is an overall nicer approach, it's just not what the standard Cocoa controls do. I guess others must use custom controls for this, I'll take a look for a future version.

I could go either way on this idea, but to save you time, if you're using a cell such as the standard Text Field Cell in an NSTableView column, the IB Line Break setting "Truncate middle" should do this for you.

I've never seen that option before, thanks!

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