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"Stage Modified" hotkey on "Modified" (Ctrl + S) does not work #772

birgersp opened this Issue Mar 9, 2018 · 1 comment


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birgersp commented Mar 9, 2018

(Ubuntu 17.10 Gnome, 64-bit)

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Open git-cola in a repository with one or more tracked, modified and unstaged file(s)
  2. Focus the status widget by pressing Ctrl + K
  3. Arrow up/down to select the "Modified" item
  4. Press Ctrl + S, the modified files are not staged

If you right-click the "Modified" item, the menu shows an option to "Stage Modified". Clicking it works, so it seems that the error is with the bound hotkey.

( Loving git-cola, by the way! )


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davvid commented Mar 17, 2018

Ah-ha, at first I thought I was unable to reproduce this because I was reading "Modified" item as meaning a modified file rather than the actual header item itself. I now realize you're talking about the header items.

Yeah, we don't do anything when the enclosing "Modified" header item is selected and Ctrl+S is pressed. That's currently by design but I think I've convinced myself that it's worth doing.

Some quick tips -- if you want to stage all modified files, and are not going to choose individual ones for staging, then you might as well just type a commit message and use the Ctrl+Enter hotkey to try to commit without staging anything. cola will detect that nothing is staged and prompt you asking if it should stage all files and commit -- hitting enter again will do so and complete the commit.

That's a quick way to do the same thing without having to focus the status tool.

The reason I've never really noticed this is because I never use the arrow keys. Have you considered using the j and k keys to navigate up and down? Those hotkeys skip over the modified/untracked/staged header items and jump only to specific files. I use those hotkeys exclusively so I only click on the "Modified" header item to see a diffstat. The j/k hotkeys are good because they keep you on the home row.

One reason why we might not want this is because we already provide an Alt+A hotkey that goes and stages all modified files. But, as you've suggested, having Ctrl+S work consistently seems like a simpler and better approach usability-wise.

Thanks for the sug, please test out the forthcoming commit.

@davvid davvid added the usability label Mar 17, 2018

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