[Libreoffice] GSoC: Easy Hack: Make python / mail-merge debuggable

Timo timo at iera.de
Fri Apr 8 17:22:00 PDT 2011

Is there a way to test the pythonfile within office? At the moment each
time i kill soffice, restart writer and click
MessageBox.showMessage() actually doesnt react. May somebody have a look
at that function?
Do the nonfree software prefering people see the python output?

Am Freitag, den 08.04.2011, 14:22 +0100 schrieb Michael Meeks:
> Hi Timo,
> On Fri, 2011-04-08 at 14:00 +0200, Timo wrote:
> > I am applying for the GSoC-project dealing with conversion of
> > helpfiles. 
> 	Cool ! :-) good to see your submission.
> > Before I start that project I like to help with the task to make
> > mailmerge debuggable.* What action exactly makes office display a
> > message ?
> 	Riight :-) that is tricky; I think this needs to be a GUI thing, since
> most of our errors seem to happen to end-users who need to be able to
> debug the problem.
> >  exit() did, raise Exception did, but print did not.
> 	Right; and of course we have lots of windows users, who tend to get
> most of the problems here, and who have no console.
> >  I added a Tk messagebox in the attatched version. This requires python-tk.
> > Now it prints only the human-readable errormessage-text. What does a
> > prefered output look like, that can be understood easily by a user?
> 	Well :-) I suggest we do two things.
> 	First - use the UNO toolkit/ APIs to create and throw up a dialog, and
> encapsulate this nicely in a python function somewhere;
> 	There is some sample code to read before you write your version for
> this here:
> 	http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=9602
> 	It is hard to use python-tk, since we don't bundle that with
> LibreOffice, and our python is typically built-in.
> 	So - creating a dialog popup function that will show a message and an
> ok button using the UNO toolkit API would be the first step.
> 	From then, I guess we need to work out which pieces are most likely to
> fail :-) I suppose that testing is the key piece here, you know -
> dis-connecting yourself while talking to the remote server etc. etc. but
> I guess the key thing is to get that dialog goodness in there, so we can
> expand its use over time.
> 	Does that make sense ? :-)
> 	Thanks,
> 		Michael.

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