[Adium-devl] Moving chat transcripts to ~/Documents/Adium

Augie Fackler durin42 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 16:53:06 UTC 2009

On Apr 28, 2009, at 11:11 AM, Peter Hosey wrote:

> On Apr 28, 2009, at 09:05:38, David Clark wrote:
>> I think it is true to say that most users feel free to move items  
>> within ~/Documents as they see fit. I certainly have my own  
>> organization scheme in there, and I assume that anything in there  
>> is mine to move as I want. That could lead to unpleasant situations  
>> in which users move around their Adium logs, "losing" them in the  
>> eyes of the log viewer, and causing the users all kinds of problems.
> Here's an interesting alternative: What if we just used Spotlight?  
> Any log files within the user's home directory are automatically  
> there in the Transcript Viewer.
> As for where we save them, we could create the ~/Documents/Adium\  
> Transcripts folder and then save an alias to it in the prefs. If the  
> user moves it, the alias will hold up and we'll be saving new  
> transcripts in the correct (new) location*. Meanwhile, our Spotlight- 
> based transcript detection will find existing transcripts anywhere  
> in the user's home directory, even if the alias breaks for some  
> reason.

You're still violating the Sacred Organization of my Documents folder,  
and I'm sure others will see it that way too. Why not a configurable  
preference for where to store new ones? Yes, I know you all have  
preference allergies, but maybe you can take some antihistamine this  

> This also neatly solves the problem of “how do I get my recently- 
> restored-from-backup transcripts back into Adium?”. They're already  
> there.
> *We should probably include this folder as a second place to search  
> for transcripts—think set-union. If it's in the Home directory, no  
> difference. If it's outside the Home directory, the user will want  
> us to show the transcripts that we've created in their outside-of- 
> Home transcripts folder.

*nod*, but pref instead of alias. Forcing me to have even an alias  
where I don't want it is Suck.

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