[Libreoffice-bugs] [Bug 43369] New: Better specific UI for connecting to PostgreSQL

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Wed Nov 30 03:09:14 PST 2011


             Bug #: 43369
           Summary: Better specific UI for connecting to PostgreSQL
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: LibreOffice
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: medium
         Component: Database
        AssignedTo: libreoffice-bugs at lists.freedesktop.org
        ReportedBy: lionel at mamane.lu

Created attachment 53965
  --> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=53965
screenshot of MySQL-specific UI

When connecting to a PostgreSQL database (through PostgreSQL-SDBC driver), we
currently just ask the user to type a conninfo string. That's familiar to
PostgreSQL experts, but other people would benefit from some hand-holding.

Implement a PostgreSQL-specific UI to get the connection info, along the lines
of the MySQL-specific UI we already have.

The file you need to change in LibreOffice is
dbaccess/source/ui/dlg/ConnectionHelper.cxx, in function

   IMPL_LINK(OConnectionHelper, OnBrowseConnections, PushButton*, /*_pButton*/)

there is a big

        switch ( eType )

We need to add a case for PostgreSQL. You can take inspiration from the MySQL

You may also need to adapt
ODbDataSourceAdministrationHelper::getConnectionURL() in file DbAdminImpl.cxx,
as well as ODbTypeWizDialog::determineNextState in file dbwiz to activate a new
state ADDITIONAL_PAGE_PGSQL, which you have to create first.

Finally, the dialog itself would be in file
dbaccess/source/ui/dlg/dbadminsetup.src, in a to-be-created section TabPage

You could just generate a conninfo string from that, but I'd prefer if you set
it as properties of the datasouce/database/..., so that the driver gets it
through the same interface as the username and password; cf handling of these
for inspiration. There is already support for that in the driver, see
connectivity/source/drivers/postgresql/pq_connection.cxx, function
properties2arrays. POssibly you need to extend the handling there to support
more keywords.

Please *also* allow advanced users to enter a conninfo string, and mixing of
entering a conninfo string (like now) and information through widgets in the
specific UI. See
for an up-to-date list of all recognised connection settings. Make a decision
on which of these settings make or do not make sense to give a friendly UI for.

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