Feature #1133

Provide an option to disable sorting playlists when you click column header

Added by audacious destroysplaylists over 2 years ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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November 02, 2021
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Audacious allows the user to order the tracks in a playlist as they see fit.
And I have been making extensive use of that to keep track of stuff.

But at the same time audacious will immediately sort by title/artist/album/etc if you click on one of the column headers in the list view, and gives you no way to Undo this operation.

Those column headers are immediately underneath the playlist tabs.
It's extremely easy to accidentally click on one of those when you're aiming for the tabs.

And this has happened to me countless times already, ruining carefully ordered playlists.

To me this is like having a text editor or something with a big row of useless buttons underneath the menubar that permanently delete all your work if you accidentally click on them.
It makes audacious far less useful for managing large playlists for sure


#1 Updated by Artem S. Tashkinov over 2 years ago

Had we had undo/redo that wouldn't have been an issue.

Patches are welcome. Maintainers are busy with their lives.

#2 Updated by John Lindgren over 2 years ago

  • Subject changed from Provide an option to disable sorting playlists when you click column header (ie: stop accidental misclicks from being able to ruin a carefully ordered playlist) to Provide an option to disable sorting playlists when you click column header
  • Tracker changed from Bug to Feature

I agree that an "undo" command would be the best solution here. Disabling various ways of editing the playlist because it might ... edit the playlist ... seems less than ideal.

Until that is implemented, you can of course easily back up your playlists to avoid losing work:
cp -a ~/.config/audacious/playlists ~/.config/audacious/playlists-backup

#3 Updated by Heitor Rojas almost 2 years ago

Uncheck "show headers column" in settings is a good solution for me once the columns are ordered for my need.

#4 Updated by Thomas Lange about 1 month ago

  • Target version set to 4.4
  • Priority changed from Major to Minor
  • Status changed from New to Closed

I have added a setting for the column headers to disable the sorting of playlists.
An undo functionality is too complex and not going to be added in the near future.


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