[Telepathy] Folks status, the addressbook problem

Travis Reitter travis.reitter at collabora.co.uk
Thu Nov 1 11:28:46 PDT 2012

On Wed, 2012-10-31 at 10:23 +0100, Guillaume Desmottes wrote:
> Le mardi 30 octobre 2012 à 16:51 +0000, Philip Withnall a écrit :
> > Another reason they’re used for storing linking data is that adding the
> > linking data generally improves the quality of the user’s address book.
> > For example, linking a Jabber contact to an EDS contact should result in
> > the JID being added to the EDS contact’s list of JIDs. (I haven’t tested
> > this recently, but that’s what the code’s meant to do.) This is
> > unobtrusive and doesn’t mess up other EDS clients.
> This also introduces some weird side effects. If I have Alice on GTalk
> and Facebook but not in my EDS abook, she won't appear by default in
> gnome-contacts. But as soon as I merge those 2 personas she will because
> of this implementation detail.
> This is not the intended behaviour according to Allan
> ( https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=676411#c12 ).

Oh, good. I was under the impression it was a design decision (which I
couldn't wrap my head around).

I understand that some applications only care about one type of Persona
within an Individual, but I think it's critical that one actual person
is always presented the same way to the user (for consistency).

I should make this a personal goal, because I don't think we're actually
doing this right now.

> > Massive warning: the individual aggregator code is horrible, and has
> > many irritating corner cases — but it works well at the moment (albeit
> > slowly). If you want to rearchitect folks and make it all wonderful, I
> > would strongly suggest you write a thorough set of unit tests for the
> > aggregator first, or we *will* end up with regressions. Folks has a
> > reputation for being unstable which I really don’t want perpetuated.
> Amen to that.

Agreed on all counts. Those tests should be added anyhow, but I would
vote against any significant changes to the aggregator that doesn't make
the aggregator tests exhaustive (and still pass them).

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