Copying, Moving, and Renaming Files in the File Manager
This guide will show you how to use some of the features of the Nodecraft file manager, allowing you to copy, move, and rename files or folders.
Many features of the file manager require that a file or folder be selected first:
Click on the file name or small box to the left of it's name.
It will place a checkmark, and highlight the entire line in the file manager in bright blue.
Click on the same box again to remove the checkmark.
You can also click on multiple files at once.
You can also use various keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL and SHIFT to select multiple files at once.
Context Relative Buttons
Selecting a file or folder will also cause new buttons to appear above the file manager window. In the screenshot below, clicking on a single file caused the buttons for "Rename", "Copy", "Move", "Delete", and "Edit" to appear.
The buttons available will sometimes be directly related to the type of file. For example, if you select a
.zip or a
.rar format file, you will see a buttons labelled "Unzip" or "Unrar" appear above the file manager window.
If you select many different types of files, it will sometimes prevent certain buttons from being displayed correctly. Remove other files, or select only a single item, to make sure the correct options appear.
Selecting Multiple Files
At the bottom left corner of the file manager window, there is a small drop down menu, which gives you some options for quickly selecting multiple files.
You can choose between options like:
Select All - places a checkmark next to all the files and folders.
Select None - removes the checkmarks from all the files.
Invert Settings - to flip the boxes that are selected.
Click on an option, and then click the "Apply" button to choose which files are selected.
Once you have selected files or folders, one of the buttons that will appear is "Copy". You can click on this button to have the Nodecraft control panel make a copy of the file, and simultaneously move it to a specific folder.
Clicking this button will open a pop-up window, that looks like the screenshot below.
The white box labelled "Select Destination" is actually a drop down menu:
Click directly on the white box
This opens the drop down menu, and shows a list of folders
Click on a folder name to select it , and the drop down window will close
If you are already inside a folder, that folder name won't appear on the list
Click on the blue "Copy" button, and it will make a copy of the item in that folder!
You may also see other options like
/(main folder) and/or
../(up one folder).
/(main folder)will make a copy of the file in the main directory of the server, regardless of the location of the file originally.
../(up one folder)Just copies the file to the folder one "level" above the current location.
If a file with the same exact name already exists in the destination folder, the file being copied will overwrite and replace it. There will be no warning message indicating that this will happen.
The "Move" button will also open a small window, that looks almost exactly like the "Copy" feature described above.
Click on the "Select Destination" white box, to see a list of locations, and click on the "Move" button to move the file.
Like the copy function above, if you move the file to a location where another file has the exact same name, it will automatically overwrite and replace that file. There will be no warning message indicating that this will happen.
Select your file or folder, and then click on the "Rename" button that will appear. The rename option is only available when you have a single file or folder selected.
This will open a small window around the file name directly in the file manager, as shown below.
Click inside the white box and you can edit the filename.
Click the green "Save" button to save the changes.
You can also click "Cancel" if you change your mind, and don't want to rename the file.
Copy and Rename
It's unfortunately not possible to make a duplicate copy of a file directly in the same folder. In some operating systems (like Windows) if you make duplicates in the same folder, the operating system simply adds a number in parenthesis to the end of the file name, such as "file (1)" or "file (2)".
In the Linux operating system (which is used for all Nodecraft servers), it does not do this. It will not allow two files to have the exact same filenames. If two files with the exact same name are moved to the same folder, one will overwrite and replace the original. There will be only be a single file left.
This can be an issue if you just want to make copies of important files for a game before you change them, in case you make a mistake and need to start over.
One easy way to solve this issue, is to:
Copy the file, and select a different folder (ie, "up one folder")
Move to that folder
Rename the file
Move the file back to the correct folder.