[Sugar-devel] Journal oddity: metadata with no file?

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Mon Mar 30 11:25:54 EDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 17:19, Gary C Martin <gary at garycmartin.com> wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> On 30 Mar 2009, at 15:54, Martin Langhoff wrote:
>> Working a bit on the restore angle of things, if I look at the
>> metadata entries to build a restorable Journal Entry Bundle... well...
>> in many cases there is no file to build it from.
> I know previous releases of Sugar had a design flaw that lost any non-
> standard metadata after a reboot (Read resuming back to the page you
> were reading was a common issue). Pretty sure Tomeu fixed this with
> his re-build of the datastore (sorry should really go check/test). If
> so, arbitrary metadata is a **great** way for storing small items of
> data rather than building a new file format.

Yup, should be working now.



> I just think of all the time I (and others) wasted with json/
> simplejson/cjson for Moon :-( when all I'm keeping is a couple of
> preference flags for the view state (I'd first implemented in
> metadata, until I realised the original design flaw).
> Journal entries made of just metadata is a great feature for Activity
> developers, not a flaw.
> Regards,
> --Gary
>> Is that normal. Expected? I am tempted to skip those 'Journal entries'
>> as they have no apparent value. Do people generally agree, or am I
>> being bling to some obvious useful part to them?
>> Offtopic: Some of the complaints about 'noise' and clutter in the
>> Journal are probably about these content-less entries. Yes, the user
>> has opened Browse.xo 3 times today, but that's hardly a document
>> worthy of backing up, or even storing.
>> cheers,
>> martin
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