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Remove broken offline special-casing when retrieving cached data #1034

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50Wliu commented Jan 3, 2018


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Description of the Change

The fetchFromCache method looks up if there is cached data. Then, if it hasn't expired yet or Atom doesn't have internet access, it returns the cached data. Otherwise, if there was no cached data and Atom wasn't online, it used to return the empty object {} "so callers don't crash". Ironically, this very line causes the featured packages lookup to "crash" with an exception since it expects an array. Therefore in this PR I have removed the special-casing and always return null without internet access and let the callers deal with it (they already do).

Additionally I have simplified fetchFromCache by making it sync (there was nothing requiring it to accept a callback) and removing an unused options parameter.

Alternate Designs

I'm going to rename this "Future Aspirations". A getaddrinfo is much better than throwing an exception but I would still like to see a warning rather than an error; something like "Atom is currently offline and the following results may be outdated" or "Atom is currently offline. Try again later" if there's no results. That would require the implementation of a new WarningView however and is why I decided not to do that in this PR.


No uncaught exceptions when loading the Install page for the first time without internet access.

Possible Drawbacks

Rather than generating an exception, we now generate a getaddrinfo ENOENT error, but at least that's gracefully handled by settings-view.

Applicable Issues

Fixes #962
Going to say that this also fixes #668

50Wliu added some commits Jan 2, 2018

Temporarily remove broken offline special-casing
Certain callers expect the cached data to be an array, while others expect objects

For now, fail trying to hit instead of throwing an uncaught exception due to an unexpected data type.

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smashwilson commented Jan 14, 2019

👍 Reproduced the bug and verified the fix. Thanks!

@smashwilson smashwilson merged commit ee4fdee into master Jan 14, 2019

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