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Posted by Rene   (22 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Mon 06 Nov 2017 11:36 PM (UTC)

Amended on Tue 07 Nov 2017 12:46 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

Message
I am trying to make my plugin dynamic so I can easily add more types of scrolls to the scroll table, and then next time the plugin will have that type added. However I found if it was saving and loading the table, any changes I made in the file didn't affect it and it would load the table again without those additions.
What I did to get around that was have it save the table on another name, and then run comparisons between the tables and then correct for it. I was curious about anyone's comments if there is a better way to do this.


function OnPluginInstall ()
--[[
scrolls = {
{"jpct", "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel"},
{"ccc", "chrenedict's corporeal covering"},
{"tpa", "transcendent pneumatic alleviator"}
}
]]--
  assert (loadstring (GetVariable ("scrolls_saved") or "")) ()
if scrolls_saved ~= nil then
    for i, v in ipairs (scrolls) do
	    if scrolls_saved[i] ~= nil and scrolls[i][1] == scrolls_saved[i][1] then
			scrolls[i] = scrolls_saved[i]
		else
	
			  for k, v in ipairs (scrolls_saved) do
				if scrolls[i][1] == scrolls_saved[k][1] then
					scrolls[i] = scrolls_saved[k]
				end
		end

		end
	end --for
end
  DebugNote("Loading...")
end -- function OnPluginInstall

-- on saving state, convert Lua table back into string variable

-- save_simple is for simple tables that do not have cycles (self-reference)
-- or refer to other tables

function OnPluginSaveState ()
DebugNote("SaveState:Saving...")
  SetVariable ("scrolls_saved", 
               "scrolls_saved = " .. serialize.save_simple (scrolls))
end -- function OnPluginSaveState


Now if I want to run the plugin again without it having the part of ccc I can just change the table to be:

scrolls = {
{"jpct", "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel"},
{"tpa", "transcendent pneumatic alleviator"}
}


And the plugin will no longer have the ccc reference but will have the values right for the ones left.

Comments please.

[EDIT] Changed from quote tags to code tags.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #1 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 12:49 AM (UTC)
Message
I don't see why you have to go through this rigmarole.

Just save as "scrolls" and load it back. Can you post the code that doesn't work please?

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Rene   (22 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #2 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 01:08 AM (UTC)

Amended on Tue 07 Nov 2017 03:52 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

Message

function OnPluginInstall ()
scrolls = {
{"jpct", "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel"},
{"ccc", "chrenedict's corporeal covering"},
{"tpa", "transcendent pneumatic alleviator"}
}
  assert (loadstring (GetVariable ("scrolls") or "")) ()
end -- function OnPluginInstall

function OnPluginSaveState ()
  SetVariable ("scrolls", 
               "scrolls = " .. serialize.save_simple (scrolls))
end -- function OnPluginSaveState


I think I explained, if I do it like this, even if I later change the table to be:

scrolls = {
{"jpct", "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel"},
{"tpa", "transcendent pneumatic alleviator"}
}


it will still load the first way since the saved table includes the {"ccc", "chrenedict's corporeal covering"},
line, and I want it to lose that line if I edit it out later or add it back in to allow customization according to which ones I want.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #3 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 03:53 AM (UTC)
Message
Template:codetag To make your code more readable please use [code] tags as described here.


Please use code tags, not quote tags.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #4 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 04:21 AM (UTC)

Amended on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:52 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

Message
I suspect the problem is in the code you haven't shown. I made up a test plugin which works as expected:

Template:saveplugin=test_save_state To save and install the test_save_state plugin do this:
  1. Copy between the lines below (to the Clipboard)
  2. Open a text editor (such as Notepad) and paste the plugin into it
  3. Save to disk on your PC, preferably in your plugins directory, as test_save_state.xml
  4. Go to the MUSHclient File menu -> Plugins
  5. Click "Add"
  6. Choose the file test_save_state.xml (which you just saved in step 3) as a plugin
  7. Click "Close"



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE muclient>

<muclient>
<plugin
   name="test_save_state"
   author="Nick Gammon"
   id="8982fd6b363edbc7ca7f2469"
   language="Lua"
   purpose="See: http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=14095 "
   save_state="y"
   date_written="2017-11-07 14:56:56"
   requires="5.05"
   version="1.0"
   >

</plugin>

<!--  Aliases  -->


<aliases>

  <alias
   match="bar *"
   enabled="y"
   send_to="12"
   sequence="100"
  >
  <send>
item = table.remove (scrolls, %1)
if item then
  print ("Removed:")
  tprint (item)
else
  print ("Nothing removed")
end -- if
</send>
  </alias>

  <alias
   match="foo *=*"
   enabled="y"
   send_to="12"
   sequence="100"
  >
  <send>
table.insert (scrolls, { "%1", "%2" } )
Note ("Inserted %1, %2 into scrolls") </send>
  </alias>

  <alias
   match="showscrolls"
   enabled="y"
   send_to="12"
   sequence="100"
  >
  <send>
print ("Scrolls:")
tprint (scrolls)</send>
  </alias>

</aliases>


<!--  Script  -->


<script>
<![CDATA[

require "tprint"
require "serialize"

function OnPluginInstall ()

scrolls = {
{"jpct", "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel"},
{"ccc", "chrenedict's corporeal covering"},
{"tpa", "transcendent pneumatic alleviator"}
}

  assert (loadstring (GetVariable ("scrolls") or "")) ()
end -- function OnPluginInstall

function OnPluginSaveState ()
  SetVariable ("scrolls",
               "scrolls = " .. serialize.save_simple (scrolls))
end -- function OnPluginSaveState


]]>
</script>

</muclient>



It initially sets the table to the three items like you had. However you can use "foo" to add items, eg.


foo nick=testing 1 2 3


And you can use "showscrolls" to show the current table in the plugin:


showscrolls


You can also use "bar" to remove items, eg.


bar 1


That removes the first item in the table.

Now if you reload the plugin (forcing it to go through the save and reload procedure) then the new table is still there.

Make sure you have this in the plugin header:


   save_state="y"

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #5 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 04:29 AM (UTC)

Amended on Tue 07 Nov 2017 04:31 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

Message
And as a design note, you might be better off having a single table, rather than a table of tables, eg.


scrolls = {
jpct = "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel",
ccc = "chrenedict's corporeal covering",
tpa = "transcendent pneumatic alleviator",
}


That lets you index directly into the table, rather than having to scan it to find a match for a scroll. eg.


scrolls = {
jpct = "jogloran's portal of cheaper travel",
ccc = "chrenedict's corporeal covering",
tpa = "transcendent pneumatic alleviator",
}

print (scrolls ["ccc"])  --> chrenedict's corporeal covering


Then you can add new items easily:


scrolls ['heal'] = "greater heal"


And remove items:


scrolls ['tpa'] = nil

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Rene   (22 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #6 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 06:30 AM (UTC)
Message
Yes, but lets say I no longer want ccc on my table, if I remove it from within the plugin it will continue loading as it is in the saved table. My point was to allow me to edit it out of the plugin or add in another similar table in the plugin that will then cause it to no longer have that table in the saved table.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #7 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:50 AM (UTC)
Message
No it won't, because next time the plugin saves the new table will overwrite the old one. Please post a complete plugin that proves what you are saying.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #8 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:52 AM (UTC)
Message
Do you have:


   save_state="y"


in the plugin header? I've made the relevant line bold in reply #4.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Rene   (22 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #9 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 07:41 PM (UTC)
Message
The plugin you posted is good enough for my point. I will try to explain better.
I want the plugin to be able to be edited from the .xml file, and instead change it to


scrolls = {
{"tma", "too much attention"},
{"iinw", "it is not working"}
}


it will not actually change anything as the table will load the way it was set up initially.
I know you can add\remove from it within the code, but I want to be able to edit the file and add\subtract as many as I want from there, and what I wrote was doing that.

Also on your point of having a table of tables, I want to be able to change them easily so I never reference them by name so no matter what I change it will continue to work.
Thanks.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #10 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:10 PM (UTC)

Amended on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:24 PM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

Message
Editing the XML file, and saving/restoring the variable seem to me to be mutually exclusive. If you are going to edit the XML file (something I wouldn't recommend) then don't bother saving/restoring the scrolls table.

However it is much easier to leave the XML file alone (thus it can be shared with different characters) and store all the data in the variables. The "save state" file is unique per plugin/world combination.

I would start with nothing in the scrolls table in the initial XML - and then just add new ones as required (or delete them) - letting the save-state file hold the current position.

An alternative is to use a Sqlite3 database instead. They aren't particularly hard to use, see: http://www.gammon.com.au/sql




If you edit the XML you would need to force the plugin to be reloaded. Just changing it on disk would have no effect until next time you loaded the plugin. Editing the XML just seems to me to be a difficult, error-prone, and hard-to-use technique. What happens if there is a crash half-way through rewriting the XML file? Then you have lost the entire plugin.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Rene   (22 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #11 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 08:57 PM (UTC)
Message
Well, I want it to ship for friends and stuff set up with what I'd expect them to want.
Either way, the code I wrote seems to do what I wanted, was wondering if anyone had a better way.

Always keep backups.

Also on a side, is it possible to lessen the password requirements? It's overly secure and makes it too hard for me to remember the password myself, and what kind of information is in my account anyways?
Thanks.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,322 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #12 on Tue 07 Nov 2017 09:01 PM (UTC)
Message
Rene said:

Well, I want it to ship for friends and stuff set up with what I'd expect them to want.


The way you had it would do that (and in my example plugin). The initial table, in the plugin, is the default value. Once you start making changes then the changed table becomes the "real" one. You don't need to change the plugin.


Quote:

Also on a side, is it possible to lessen the password requirements? It's overly secure and makes it too hard for me to remember the password myself, and what kind of information is in my account anyways?
Thanks.


You aren't the first to complain! However you only have to enter it once. Use a password manager, and edit your profile to keep yourself logged in for a year at a time (see "Cookie Expires" field. I have mine set to 365 days).

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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