Re: Understanding f-spot import dialog issues

On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 6:18 AM, Stephane Delcroix
<stephane delcroix org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-12-08 at 22:47 -0600, Ryan Harper wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've been using f-spot for some time since it's been included in
>> Ubuntu.  In switching between Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10, I've noticed a
>> couple if things that have caught my attention and I'd like to dig in
>> and see if I can help out.  When I ran f-spot ( on 9.04, I'd
>> stick in my SD card into my laptop and the f-spot importer would come
>> up and I'd be able to import the photos, and as a nice side-effect,
>> the camera movies (.MOV) files also got copied into the Photos
>> directory along side.  This was idea since it ensured I got a copy of
>> all of the files the camera generated.  F-spot in 9.10 no longer does
>> this.  I spent some time rebuilding the version of f-spot that came
>> with 9.04 on 9.10 only to find out that it the older version of f-spot
>> on 9.10 skipped over the .MOV files.  Looking at the source code,
>> namely, it seems that not copying files for which
>> F-spot doesn't have a loader for (see AddPath call to HasLoader) and
>> of course there isn't a loader for MOV file.  I'm wondering then, if
>> the code in f-spot for ubuntu 9.04 shouldn't be copying the MOV files,
>> then how does that happen on 9.04 (8.10, 8.04, 7.10 IIRC all had this
>> side-effect behavior) but not on 9.10.  I'm wondering if it's a
>> wider-gnome or mono issue.  Any thoughts on this?  I'm highly
>> motivated to try to get that behavior back if you've got any ideas on
>> how to handle this.
> the behavior didn't changed. the way ubuntu invoke f-spot --import did
> (that's my guess).
>> Second issue I've seen while debugging the above issue has a bug:
>> Looking at the same code in FileImportBackend.cs, it's quite clear how
>> this is the case:
>> If copy is selected in the import dialog,  the code in the
>> FileImportBackend.cs:Step() function calls the System.IO.Copy function
>> and will copy the file to the destination location before creating a
>> ImageFIle instance of the image.  This happens before one hits the
>> import button.  Upon hitting the import button, since the files are
>> already copied, the result is that the images and tags are committed
>> to the db.
>> Thinking back to previous versions of f-spot ( in 9.04 for
>> example) this didn't happen, rather, the thumbnail list was loaded
>> from the media and once you hit import, you got a separate window
>> indicating the copying process ...  I'm wondering if this also might
>> be related to gnome or mono changes.
> same here. code didn't changed. you should still be able to invoke the
> old dialog (at least on stock f-spot)

Both behaviors are reproducible by selecting the import button within
f-spot so I don't think this is a case of how ubuntu invokes f-spot.
That said, any pointers about invoking an old dialog?  I rebuilt from source on 9.10 to see if there was a change between the
version included in 9.04 and 9.10 and I get the same behaviors which I
believe confirms what you are saying and what I saw; code didn't
change but *something* did.


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