[Sugar-devel] [ANNOUNCE] GetBooks version 4

Sayamindu Dasgupta sayamindu at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 14:16:40 EST 2009

I just tried it and it works fine for me. Could you take a look once
again, and also check the log.

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sayamindu,
> I tried out your new Get Books on my XO running the latest Fedora 12
> install that came out last week.  For comparison I ran the same tests
> on the first version of Get Books which I got from the git clone of
> Get IA Books that you made.  I ran the old one on my Sugar test
> environment on Fedora 11.  To give you some idea of its age, it still
> refers to itself as "Get IA Books".
> The results of testing on both were very different.  The old one was
> *much* better at finding books than your latest.
> I tried searching for words like "burton", "twain", "mars",
> "gulliver", "bible", and a few others on GB4 and got no books found
> for any of them.  This was searching "Feedbooks".  When I switched to
> Internet Archive I got some matches for "Twain" and I *think* I got
> matches in Feedbooks for "Dickens".
> On the other hand, the old GB had no trouble at all finding books for
> these words in Feedbooks.
> I didn't have time to do a lot of testing and there were no messages
> in the Log to suggest anything.  The new GB just acted like it
> couldn't find anything.
> One repeatable test would be to search for "Gulliver of Mars" in
> Feedbooks.  That was one of the books I found and downloaded with your
> first effort, and it could not be found by your latest.
> I have not had an opportunity to try your Activity under .82 yet, as
> my XO has been upgraded.  I do have a Fedora 10 box which should serve
> for a .82 test, and I'll try it out there when I can.
> James Simmons
>> Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 14:35:30 +0530
>> From: Sayamindu Dasgupta <sayamindu at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [Sugar-devel] [ANNOUNCE] GetBooks version 4
>> To: OLPC Bookreader list <bookreader at lists.laptop.org>,         Sugar devel
>>        <sugar-devel at lists.sugarlabs.org>
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>> Hello,
>> I just released GetBooks version 4.
>> Changes from previous release:
>> * Large result-sets spanning multiple OPDS catalog files are now
>> supported - the list gets populated incrementally as the user scrolls
>> down. A busy-cursor is shown whenever a result-set is being fetched in
>> the background.
>> * Fix startup problem in OLPC XO OS 8.2.x builds
>> * Let users cancel downloads in progress
>> * Fixes to the removable device support code
>> Known issues:
>> * Removable devices are not detected on the fly when rainbow is
>> enabled. (This is due to the fact that Rainbow does not give access
>> permission to running activities when a new removable drive is added).
>> Workaround for it is to start Get Books _after_ the device has been
>> plugged in.
>> * Multipage result-sets for the Internet Archive do not work (there
>> seems to be a minor error in the OPDS catalog files)
>> * A crash (segfault) occurs sometimes during acitvity shutdown. Not
>> yet sure what is causing it.
>> Download link:
>> http://dev.laptop.org/~sayamindu/GetBooks-4.xo
>> Please test this as much as possible, and if all goes well I'll create
>> a separate git repository for it, and upload it to ASLO.
>> Thanks,
>> Sayamindu
>> --
>> Sayamindu Dasgupta

Sayamindu Dasgupta

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