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RSSOwl nightly 201105110216

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2011-05-14
2012-08-29
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2011-05-14

    RSSOwl nightly 201105110216 runs quite stable, performance seems to have
    improved. I like the feature "finding news" though I am not sure if this is
    new. "Aggregate the News of a Folder as Saved Search" is very good! I do no
    more need a self-created Saved Search. The new layouts are useful, but I will
    not use them since "classic" is the best for me.

    What is "Policy URL", section "Update Polycy" for?

    Problem:

    I accidentially used RSSOwl 2.0.6 on a system where 2.1 (nightly) was used.
    This crashed my Feeds database (many Errors are reported, could not use it any
    more with 2.0.6 AND 2.1 nightly), but the GUI was usable to e.g. export
    subscriptions and preferences. Please hint Users of 2.1 to make sure that they
    do no more use the old version once they updated.

    Feature requests:

    Preferences Window:

    Move preference "Check for Program Updates after Startup" to "Install/Update"

    Move preference section "System Tray" to a separate top-level section (like
    "View", "Notifier", ...)

    Remove tabs from "Feeds" section, arrange the current tabs like "Overview" in
    a JTree-like structure. Break up JTree-like structure for "Overview" section.

    Rename "View" to "Behavior"

    Proposed structure:

    Overview

    Behavior

    Browser

    Colors and Fonts

    Feeds

    • Reading
    • Display
    • Columns
    • Clean Up
      Install/Update

    Keys

    Network Connections

    Notifier

    Organize Labels

    Passwords

    Sharing

    System Tray

    Other:

    When RSSOwl is set to minimize to tray on start, it is displayed for a very
    short time. Can you please remove this?

     
  • I try to let the nightlies be as stable as possible, I am also frequently
    using nightlies these days. You will notice the largest performance
    improvements if you have filters enabled (e.g. to show only new or unread
    news). I basically rewrote how RSSOwl manages the feeds in this case to reduce
    memory peaks.

    If you mean "Related News" for "Finding News", this is indeed not a new
    feature, just made easier to use from the footer of a news.

    The update policy has always been there, its something that comes by Eclipse
    and is not really used by RSSOwl. You can safely ignore it.

    Regarding the crash, this should not happen. There has been a time where the
    nightly was indeed using a newer version of the DB where this issue could have
    happened, but the current nightlies are 100% compatible with 2.0.6 unless your
    DB has a size of 2 GB or larger. Is that true for you? You should be able to
    go back and forth in versions.

    I see your feature requests for preferences pages, though I am quite happy
    with the current structure and you can easily run a quick search over all
    entries.

    The issue about RSSOwl briefly opening on startup is really hard to solve for
    me because the code where this happens is outside RSSOwl. I would have to
    patch Eclipse to improve this.

    I will post more details on beta testing in the near future, also including a
    complete list of changes in 2.1.

     
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2011-05-14

    …but the current nightlies are 100% compatible with 2.0.6 unless your DB has
    a size of 2 GB or larger. Is that true for you?

    No, the single DB file was ~ 25MB since I usually delete all News items I once
    read.

    (This leads to the fact that not RSSOwl is "exploding" of news items but Opera
    browser is "exploding" of tabs… My record was >1000 Tabs opened in Opera ;)

    The issue about RSSOwl briefly opening on startup is really hard to solve
    for me because the code where this happens is outside RSSOwl. I would have to
    patch Eclipse to improve this.

    Ok, this is would be much too complex - and would possibly make problems on
    updating the Eclipse "backend"

    I will post more details on beta testing in the near future, also including
    a complete list of changes in 2.1.

    Thanks!

     
  • I will have a look for the minimize on startup but its hard. Regarding the DB,
    I am curious. How did you manage to get it to work again, using an earlier
    backup? Can you send me the log file if you still have it (export from Help
    menu). I can do some testing between 2.0.6 and 2.1 too but would be surprised
    if something breaks when switching back and forth.

     
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2011-05-15

    How did you manage to get it to work again, using an earlier backup?

    No, RSSOwl still started and the GUI was usable, only the news items were not
    accesible and nothing could be updated. I exported all news from "File |
    Export" and deleted RSSOwl's DB afterwards. Luckily I do not store read news
    items but delete everything once read, so I had no data loss.

    The log files should have arrived in your mail client ;)

     
  • Got it, thanks.

     
  • I think I fixed the flashing window issue on startup before moving to tray.
    Had to patch Eclipse though, thus people will only see it if installing RSSOwl
    completly (not updating). Started a new nightly at http://rssowl.pluginbuilde
    r.org/latest/
    to pick it up. Let me
    know how it goes, there might be issues (I am basically blocking the call to
    window.open() and this might cause some layout glitches once you restore
    RSSOwl from tray - I did not see issues when I briefly tested this though).

     
  • genodeftest
    genodeftest
    2011-05-17

    The new nightly is running fine (no flashing window, but seems to be as stable
    as previous versions of RSSOwl) Thank you!

    One thing on packaging RSSOwl: the .zip file (precompiled, for linux x86-64)
    has the following structure (as shown in File-Roller, GNOMEs default archive
    manager):

    /./RSSOwl.ini

    /./.eclipseproduct

    ...

    The virtual folder "." in this .zip-archive is error-prone. Thunar (default
    File Manager of XFCE) crashes when trying to open this archive and File-Roller
    aborts extracting with an error message. Seems like a bug in these
    applications...

     
  • Right, the official releases and betas wont have this issue. I can check, but
    the zip is created from a script that I might not have much control over.
    Thanks for testing.