[tomboy-list] Feedback Requested: Notifying user of migration away from ~/.tomboy
S Krupa Shankar
shankarkrupa at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 23 12:55:42 PDT 2009
Will this note be deleted automatically when the next update of Tomboy is released? If it does not, then after a few releases, there might be quite a number of such notification notes.
When I started using Linux, I was scared to delete anything. I still have the default notes intact as it has become a practice not to delete what has come with each release :-( Of course they are quite handy and useful.
Would it be possible to have a notification area in Tomboy application? some place where the summary will be shown and the desired users can click a "more" sort of link to read it further? This might be useful for any such important future updates also.
--- On Sun, 8/23/09, Sandy Armstrong <sanfordarmstrong at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Sandy Armstrong <sanfordarmstrong at gmail.com>
Subject: [tomboy-list] Feedback Requested: Notifying user of migration away from ~/.tomboy
To: tomboy-list at lists.beatniksoftware.com
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:58 PM
I could use your input on something that needs to be done before
string freeze, which is tomorrow.
I'm working on http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=518585 ,
which is about getting rid of ~/.tomboy and following the freedesktop
standards on Linux (and other appropriate standards on Windows and
Mac). Here's a quick summary (on Linux):
1) Notes are moving to $XDG_DATA_HOME/tomboy, which defaults to
~/.local/share/tomboy. This one can still be overridden with
2) ~/.tomboy/addin* and some other config files are moving to
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/tomboy, which defaults to ~/.config/tomboy.
3) Some sync-related stuff (temporary files and FUSE mounts) are
moving to $XDG_CACHE_HOME/tomboy, which defaults to ~/.cache/tomboy.
Tomboy will run a migration from ~/.tomboy to the new directories if
the new note directory does not exist and ~/.tomboy does.
Here's what I need help on: letting the user know that their data has
moved. My current plan is that instead of forcing the user to dismiss
a dialog of some kind, we generate a new note that gives them all the
info. They can read it at their leisure, or ignore it, or delete it
(since probably 95% of users do not care where their note files are
stored). Still, I feel a little weird about putting this note in the
faces of a ton of users who will just consider it an annoyance. What
do you think of this content?
Your Notes Have Moved!
In the latest version of Tomboy, your note files have moved. You have
probably never cared where your notes are stored, and if you still
don't care, please go ahead and delete this note. :-)
Your old note directory is still safe and sound at ~/.tomboy/ . If
you go back to an older version of Tomboy, it will look for notes
But we've copied your notes and configuration info into two new
directories, which will be used from now on.
Notes can now be found at ~/.local/share/tomboy/ .
Configuration is at ~/.config/tomboy/ .
You can install add-ins at ~/.config/tomboy/addins/ .
Have a lot of fun!
I didn't bother mentioning cache stuff because I don't think the user
needs to know. But a lot of Linux users are "advanced" and will care
about their note files and ~/.tomboy/addin* moving.
I was thinking about mentioning that it is now safe to use dropbox,
rsync, or some other method to sync your note directory, as long as
you enable the NoteDirectoryWatcher add-in. Maybe this whole note
should be replaced with a short "Tomboy 1.0 Release Notes" note
Any feedback on the contents of this note (or the bug in general)
would be very helpful, and I need them before tomorrow.
Have a great weekend,
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