[development] Files directory on installation usability fix not quite usable. ; )

Wim Mostrey drupal at mostrey.be
Sat Dec 8 17:04:59 UTC 2007

An issue was created and handled for this already:


Angela Byron wrote:
> Here's a usability report from one of our GHOP students:
> http://ijailbreak.com/drupal.html (please post feedback to
> http://drupal.org/node/197219#comment-652618). He interviews three test
> subjects: his mom, his brother, and his Dad.
> In it, he points out that all three of his test subjects got totally
> blocked at this error and needed him to step in and fix it in order for
> them to continue. This is the *second* page of the installation. If we
> are losing people before they even get Drupal installed, we are screwed.
> I realize the argument against including a files directory by default is
> that Mac OS does this insane behaviour of overwriting the contents of
> "files" with another directory of the same name, so there's a chance of
> completely blowing away someone's files directory. So as far as I can
> see, we're left with a couple of options:
> - Revert the existing behaviour, which at least allows mere mortals to
> get Drupal installed, even if it's a somewhat annoying thing to deal
> with later.
> - Include the blank files directory anyway, and trust that people are
> either reading upgrade instructions, or not running production websites
> off of a Mac OSX desktop/laptop.
> Thoughts?
> -Angie

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