As Google Summer of Code is now finished and I have successfully passed the final evaluation, I would like to give a brief description of my project.
Kate is now able to recover (most of) what was written after last save in case of a crash or power failure. A swap file is created after the first editing action on a document that was successfully saved. If the user closes the document normally or saves its content, the swap file is deleted, otherwise, if Kate crashes, it remains on the disk. On load, Kate searches for the swap file, and if it exists, a warning bar pops from the top and provides the user with three possibilities: recover the lost data, discard the swap file or view differences between the original data and the recovered one. If the user chooses to restore the lost data, the editing actions from the swap file are replayed over the current content of the document. If somehow the swap file is not valid, for example a finishEditing statement is missing, the recovery is done, but the user is warned that it might be incomplete.
Only the core feature for swap file is implemented at the moment. I know I could have done more, but things went slow at the beginning, as I was new to Qt and KDE development and also had a demanding exam period. But this has a positive aspect, too, as will motivate me to continue my work at this project.
This has been a great summer for me as I was accepted into GSoC program and got a chance to do what I like and get paid for it. I want to thank Christoph, my mentor, for having patience with me and helping me with all the problems I have encountered. I also want to thank the whole Kate team, KDE community and Google :).
As I stated in a previous post
, the swap file feature for Kate is almost done. Back then, the view differences feature wasn’t ready, but now we have a basic implementation of it.
So now, by pressing the “View changes” button, a new KProcess is created, which receives as command line arguments the ‘diff’ program and the two files to be compared. One file is the original file on the disk, and the other one is represented by the recovered data read from the standard input. Then, Kompare launches, and there you can see the differences.
But sadly, at the moment you can’t merge the changes or some of them through Kompare, but I’m working on it. All you can do is see the differences and decide whether you want to recover the lost data or not. Close Kompare, and then press the “Recover” button or the “Discard” one, depending on what you want to do.
As mid-term evaluations have started, I would like to show my current state of GSoC project, because I’ve never found the time to do it.
The swap file feature is implemented, except for the view differences feature and few TODOs. Some more testing need to be done, though. Below are some screenshots of how it works.
When you start editing in a document, a swap file for the document is created (“.swp.originalFileName”). If Kate crashes and the user didn’t save the changes, the swap file remains on the disk.
On the load of the original file, Kate checks if there is a swap file on the disk, and if it is, a warning bar pops from the top, asking if you either want to recover the data loss, discard it or view differences. If the recover button is pressed, the lost data is replayed. Otherwise, if the discard button is pressed, the swap file is removed from the disk. This also happens on normal close and on save of the original file.
Many thanks to Christoph and Dominik who helped me get it through.
My first Akademy was the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced. I remember I was quite unsure a month ago, wheter to come or not, but finally decided and booked my flight and hotel. In my first day, I was very shy and didn’t know what to do, but people came and talked to me and everything got better. The talks had very interesting topics and the speakers did their job professionally. I also want to congratulate the organization team, for making everything happen as scheduled.
The BoFs at Demola were even more interesting. You go there, find a place to sit, and start hacking with many other KDE developers. I never did this before and it is simply amazing. You can’t believe the things that can come out from these hacking days/nights :).
I have never thought that KDE is such a great community, but now I am convinced. Akademy gave me a lot of confidence ( especially “Highlights on KDE Women” talk 😛 ) and now I really feel I can bring something to KDE. I am a little sad because I couldn’t attend the whole Akademy, but I think that more Akademies are to come :).