I’m a little late on my report, but [finally] it’s here now. It’s been hard to conciliate college and GSoC but I’m making good progress on my task.
As I told you before, my first task is to make Tracker capable of indexing files on removable devices on an application basis (on demand). It means making the Tracker API easily capable of receiving calls from applications to index a given device.
Currently, Tracker uses a GSettings key to flag whether or not removable devices and optical discs should be indexed. In these first 3 weeks I’ve worked on a mechanism to escape the strict duality dictated by these GSettings keys.
I’m working on building a method for tracker-miner-fs which receives a GMount object as a parameter, adds this GMount to the Tracker Store, and call the indexer to perform its job.
The next step is to tie these mechanisms up to the DBus name of the calling application in order to finally make it work on an application basis (on demand).
You can hit me anytime on IRC. Let me know if you have doubts/questions/suggestions.
This period between the accepted students announcement and the hands-on part of GSoC is called the ‘Community Bonding period’. It’s when students meet their mentors/community, and read documentation. I have met the awesome Cosimo Cecchi, who’s guiding me in the project. I also have contacted the Tracker community.
My first impressions were great. Everything about Tracker (and GNOME libraries in general) is pretty well documented.
In addition to that, I had my blog added to Planet GNOME. I’m glad to be in this planet after so many years reading it daily.
From now on, the Coding period has started. So it’s time to jump straight into coding. Unfortunately it’s not summer in Brazil, so I have classes to attend and exams to take, all this occurring simultaneously with the Google Summer of Code. Fortunately, I have scheduled my classes accordingly so that I have some extra free time to work on GSoC.
In this first half of the coding period you’ll see my work on Tracker. And in the second half, you’ll see my work directly on Documents. I’d love hear your feedback, comments, suggestions, ideas… anything, really.