[Geany-Devel] RFC: Policy for Glade File Updates

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Thu Sep 12 00:38:58 UTC 2013


I would like to propose that we have a policy where any commits that 
touches the Glade file, must either contain the file's contents after 
saving it through the Glade's UI or include a commit that follows it 
with the noisy diff produced by Glade. The problem is, we all keep 
hand-editing to avoid crappy diffs, but it gets more and more out of 
sync with Glade and makes it even worse for the next guy.

Even right now it's impossible to make a change using Glade without 
breaking our custom icons that were added by hand[1] and Glade doesn't 
support writing their icon-names[2]. If the person making the changes is 
also the one to save the noisy Glade XML diff - even if as a separate 
commit after the clean hand-edit - then at least it's their own problem 
right away when something breaks and not left for the next sucker down 
the road who has non-trivial changes to make using Glade GUI :)

Or do we just want to abandon Glade and stick to hand-editing the 10,000 
line GtkBuilder XML file?

P.S. Are we all still agreed to using old 3.8.1 version of Glade? I 
think this idea of using same version sounds good, at least we won't be 
causing additional noise in diffs due to different versions writing 
stuff out in different ways.


Matthew Brush

[2] https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=700652

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