[Sugar-devel] Some questions concerning saving methods on sugar

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Sep 21 06:45:42 EDT 2010

On 21.09.2010, at 12:32, Sascha Silbe wrote:

> Excerpts from Alberto Arruda de Oliveira's message of Tue Sep 21 03:39:13 +0200 2010:
>> I've been adapting an application to use as an activity, and I have some
>> questions about the way to save on sugar.
> First of all, welcome!
>> At first, I tried to just create a directory inside my Activity folder
>> especially made for saving files,
> [...]
> Please don't do this. There's exactly one place for storing user data
> and it's called the Journal (or rather the data store which is the
> actual component storing the data, the Journal is "just" UI where the
> user can browse the data). Putting user data anywhere else is a recipe
> for disaster. You're taking the files out of version control (which I'm
> actively working on getting into the next version of Sugar), so
> accidental changes are irreversible. Recent versions of Sugar will even
> delete all activity-related directories on deinstallation of the
> activity.
> If there's anything the Journal (resp. the data store) is lacking for
> you, please speak up.

What's lacking is a filesystem-based interface to the DS that lets legacy apps use it without much change.

- Bert -

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