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Add an action to open Pencil2D's temporary directory #1351

merged 1 commit into from May 15, 2020


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@scribblemaniac scribblemaniac commented May 11, 2020

Implemented as discussed. It is an action in the Help menu, and when clicked, it produces a warning message before opening the user directory. Works on Ubuntu, should be tested on other platforms.

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davidlamhauge commented May 11, 2020

I've tested it on Win10, and it works as expected.
I've also looked at the code and it looks good to me. Only thing is the 'Opening!' debug message in ActionCommands. I'd replace that line with '// TODO we must find a better solution for this'.
I'll leave the review to @candyface .

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Looks good to me. Tested and works as expected 👍
I have no comment regarding the qDebug except it should be removed.

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chchwy commented May 12, 2020

Sorry I missed the discussion. What's the purpose to provide this?

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MrStevns commented May 12, 2020

@chchwy The purpose of the implementation is that we often end up explaining how to get to the temporary workspace, when someone has lost their project through corruption or similar. When trying to recover the project we lead them here in any last resort to extract the last data that was saved to the temporary workspace. On mac OS you'll have to delve through "private/var" to find the folder, which is not somewhere one should be looking unless they know what they're doing... so instead of only providing the information necessary for them to get there, we provide a simple shortcut.

It's not meant to be a permanent solution, it should be replaced with a proper recovery mechanism in due time.

The rest @scribblemaniac can probably explain better, since he was the one that proposed it.

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scribblemaniac commented May 15, 2020

The qDebug statement was left in unintentionally. It has been fixed now.

@candyface Summed it up fine. There's not really much to this, it's an action that takes you to the temporary directory. This will simplify providing support to users who want to try and recover their project after a crash. This has previously been particularly difficult on macOS where the directory is different for everyone, but even Windows users had difficulty navigating to a hidden directory. It was extensively discussed in #feature-requests so if you have some complaint about it, it has probably already been complained about.

@scribblemaniac scribblemaniac merged commit c13aa62 into pencil2d:master May 15, 2020
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