Nautilus using incorrect file size units

Bug #130200 reported by Joel Parker
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Won't Fix
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

Nautilus is showing file sizes using incorrect units. It shows file sizes using "GB", but is actually showing it in gibibytes. The same goes for kilo- and mega-.

This is confusing for users, as they might wonder why Nautilus shows a file as 4.5 GB, but won't allow them to put it on a 4.7 GB DVD.

This can be seen in the following example:

$ dd bs=1000000 count=1000 if=/dev/zero of=test.file
1000+0 records in
1000+0 records out
1000000000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 45.045 seconds, 22.2 MB/s
$ ls -l --si test.file
-rw-r--r-- 1 joeljkp joeljkp 1.0G 2007-08-03 10:37 test.file

When I open nautilus to this file, it shows the size as "953.7 MB", as shown in the attached screenshot.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Aug 3 10:16:42 2007
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/nautilus
Package: nautilus 1:2.18.1-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: i386
ProcCmdline: nautilus --no-default-window --sm-client-id default2
ProcCwd: /home/joeljkp
SourcePackage: nautilus
Uname: Linux joel-laptop 2.6.20-16-generic #2 SMP Thu Jun 7 20:19:32 UTC 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

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Joel Parker (jjkp) wrote :
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Joel Parker (jjkp) wrote :
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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for your report, this bug is known upstream please see ; feel free to put your comments in there, thanks in advance.

Changed in nautilus:
status: Unknown → Won't Fix
Changed in nautilus:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
status: New → Incomplete
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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

closing the distribution task to reflect the upstream one

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
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