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Improve the file action buttons on a commit

See original GitHub issue


When viewing a file on a specific commit/tag/whatever (not on a branch), the file action buttons (open in GitHub desktop, edit and delete) have tooltips “You must be on a branch to *”, however they are not disabled but pointing to the login page along with a redirect to the same page, which is quite confusing:

I suppose we can improve the buttons a bit:

  • One option is to disable them entirely. GitHub does put a .disabled class but that doesn’t invalidate the links.
  • Another option is to have these buttons work like if we are on the default branch, maybe with a prompt “Do you want to take this action on the default branch?”
  • Make them work like default-branch-button or just point the user to default-branch-button, something like that.



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Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 2 years ago
  • Comments:5 (5 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

kidonngcommented, Oct 21, 2021


The “disabled” buttons are now correctly grayed out. Maybe it’s not worth fixing it given default-branch-button is present…

kidonngcommented, Oct 3, 2021

That makes sense. The intention is to simplify the following steps to one click:

  1. Click “View file”
  2. Click default-branch-button
  3. Click edit button

If the original request in this issue is resolved, the second step can be saved.

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