[GSOC] Intuitive log viewer.

Mark Doliner mark at kingant.net
Thu Mar 29 04:17:27 EDT 2012

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Phani Kumar <psp.phanikumar at gmail.com> wrote:
> Can anyone tell me how feasible this is and which model would you go for and
> why?

It's not clear to me whether the model on the right actually is any
easier.  Pidgin already knows which buddy names comprise a given
contact--it doesn't need to infer this from the directory hierarchy.
And since you know the buddy names, it's trivial to construct the path
to the log files.  It seems like it doesn't matter whether they're
stored under a directory for your account or under a directory for the

There are also difficulties in changing the chat log directory
structure.  You'd have to implement a migrate step to shuffle around
the logs of all current Pidgin users.  You'd also have to move logs
around any time you changing your contacts.  This seems burdensome and

Don't get me wrong... I do think it's possible to change the structure
of the log directory.  But I think it should only be done for a very
good reason.

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