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Bug 199700 - Properties editor doesn't support edit grouping
Summary: Properties editor doesn't support edit grouping
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: utilities
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Properties (show other bugs)
Version: 7.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 normal (vote)
Assignee: Jan Peska
: 144073 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-06-26 03:02 UTC by err
Modified: 2012-04-20 11:10 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description err 2011-06-26 03:02:34 UTC
This is a REGRESSION for jVi users. (found when investigating Bug 199699)

Prior to 7.0, the jVi patch for NB with UndoGroupManager was implemented with
    class Manager extends UndoGroupManager implements UndoRedo
in org/openide/awt/ So in PropertiesEditorSupport
    class UndoRedoStampFlagManager extends UndoRedo.Manager
inherited the edit grouping capabilities. In 7.0, UndoGroupManager was moved into CES and since PropertiesEditorSupport does
    @Override protected UndoRedo.Manager createUndoRedoManager ()
and the grouping capability is lost. It is interesting to note Míla's request to make createUndoRedoManager final in Bug 103467 comment 48.

It looks like the property editor provides its own undo manager so it can do grouping. It that's true, the code can be simplified by using the grouping capability provided in CES.

The original patch for 7.0 put the UndoGroupManager into UndoRedo.Manager but it was moved to CES to satisfy Y12 in Bug 103467 comment 36. I should have continued arguing following

    > Y12 - "generic enough or is tight directly to CloneableEditorSupport?"
    A generic undo manager which provides chunking needs a way for a manager,
    like CES, to specify that a particular edit can not be coalesced....

in Bug 103467 comment 37 to keep the UndoGroupManager as part of UndoRedo.Manager

Two possible solutions for this bug
    1) Move UndoGroupManager into UndoRedo.Manager
    2) Have PropertiesEditorSupport use CES's undo manager
Note that both these things could be done.

1) Can be done easily.
   We can continue the discussion from Y12 about why it belongs there.
   The move can be made and the only additional API is exposing
   interface UndoRedo.Manger.SeparateEdit (or something like that)

2) could be done when/if someone wants to.
Comment 1 err 2011-06-26 17:33:37 UTC
> looks like the property editor [has] own undo manager [for] grouping

No, it's more than just that. After a quick look, it seems its primarily about coordinating undo/redo between a table editor and a document editor. AFAICT, moving UndoGroupManager into UndoRedo.Manager and supporting document edit chunking won't interfere.
Comment 2 Jan Peska 2011-11-02 09:56:28 UTC
reassigned to proper component, I believe that this issue is about editing (and UndoRedo) of *.properties files.
Comment 3 Miloslav Metelka 2011-11-15 09:16:53 UTC
With option 1) the .properties Undo/Redo still won't work 100% right (regardless whether before or after implementation of Redo-after-Save issue #21237). For example URM in CloneableEditorSupport calls notifyUnmodify() when undoing into savepoint so the following would fail for .properties:
1) Open .properties
2) Make modification
3) Save the file
4) Make another modification
5) Undo the modification
6) The file will stay modified although it should be marked as unmodified.

So IMHO the only option is 2) with adding the extra undo/redo functionality that particular supports require into CES undo manager.
Comment 4 Jan Peska 2012-04-12 11:18:27 UTC
In this case I would need the CES UndoRedo manager to provide time stamp of UndoableEdits (see e.g. PropertiesEditorSupport.UndoRedoStampFlagManager.getTimeStampOfEditToBeUndone method). Is it possible Milo?
Comment 5 Jan Peska 2012-04-12 13:31:19 UTC
*** Bug 144073 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 err 2012-04-12 14:23:13 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> In this case I would need the CES UndoRedo manager to provide ...

Have you looked at the new API with Bug 204828 ?
Comment 7 Miloslav Metelka 2012-04-20 09:50:42 UTC
The API should be usable for the time stamps in properties. Can the properties become involved in refactoring?
Comment 8 Jan Peska 2012-04-20 11:10:58 UTC
(In reply to comment #7)
> The API should be usable for the time stamps in properties. Can the properties
> become involved in refactoring?

Sure, they can. Let me know what you would need...