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Support and General Use => Plugins/Viewers => Topic started by: epithetless on June 25, 2009, 01:45:30 AM

Title: Difficulty configuring shortcuts
Post by: epithetless on June 25, 2009, 01:45:30 AM
Since I've been spending some time with PictureFlow on my e280 lately, I decided I'd also take a look at Rockbox's Shortcuts functionality to see if I could shorten my navigation to the pictureflow plugin. I'm having some trouble getting the Shortcuts features spelled out in the "Advanced Usage" section of the manual to work, though:


1) When the text in the default "shortcuts.link" file is as follows:

#Display last path segments=1
/.rockbox/rocks/demos/pictureflow.rock

...clicking on the "shortcuts" entry in Rockbox's "Files" menu shows:

demos/pictureflow.rock

Shouldn't it simply show "pictureflow.rock" (with no preceding "demos/")?


2) When I try to provide a custom display name for the PictureFlow entry in "shortcuts.link," so that its text is as follows:

/.rockbox/rocks/demos/pictureflow.rock<TAB>PictureFlow

...clicking on the "shortcuts" entry in Rockbox's "Files" menu produces an error saying "File /.rockbox/rocks/demos/pictureflow.rock<TAB>PictureFlow no longer exists on disk."


Am I doing something wrong in each of the above cases, or is the manual erroneous?

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On a related note, I'm finding that the use of shortcuts in practice isn't nearly as efficient as I had imagined. Whenever I enter the "Files" section of the main menu, I'm always brought to the place in the player's folder structure where I last visited. This means, if I just navigated to a specific song -- say, /My Music/Artist X/Album X/01 - Song X.mp3 -- I am automatically brought to the /My Music/Artist X/Album X folder when I next click on the "Files" entry...and then I have to back-track to the root directory to get to the shortcuts.link file.

I realize I can place a .link file in a different directory, but that still doesn't get around the need to do some superfluous navigating to get to it whenever I've been in another folder. Is there perchance a way to have the main menu's "Files" entry always open to the root directory? I haven't been able to find any such feature in my search through the player and manual...

If not (and, well, even if so), I second MarkGuay's suggestion of having "Shortcuts" be an optional main menu entry (i.e. only present when it's in use) -- as he described in his post here (http://forums.rockbox.org/index.php?topic=17968.msg131128#msg131128). I suppose I can throw this up in the Feature Ideas forum and see what becomes of it...