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File Gallery direct file mapping mode

See also: File Gallery Revamp

Tiki File Galleries are pretty awesome, and they add an abstraction layer for security and additional features. But sometimes, a flat set of numeric identifiers is not sufficient, we want to preserve original file names and filesystem structures so that relative paths are preserved in a group of related files where one file expects another one at a certain relative path. Two problems to solve:

  1. Some software will generate a bunch of files that need to maintain internal links
  2. An external process which uploads and / or downloads files to a directory (SSH, FTP, WebDAV, etc. or file sync tools like Syncthing)


Note: If a file is too big to upload via the web interface, site admin can upload manually, and then manage via Tiki (ex.: give it meta-data). Currently, the way to do this is Batch Upload.

We could enhance the File Gallery feature to have two modes per file gallery:

  • Abstraction (the default)
  • Direct mapping or pass-through / path preservation (a new mode to be added)

Essential features 

  • We still need to be able to move files back and from the two file gallery types

Questions 

  • How would Tiki know there has been some changes to the files (additions / removals)?
    • To update the meta data in the Tiki database and apply operations (ex.: Watch)
  • If a file is renamed, how does Tiki know it was renamed, and not a deletion, and addition (which would lose any meta data about the file)
  • How to deal with version history of files? (Perhaps use the same format as Syncthing)
  • What happens when a folder is created? It should not be possible to have an "Abstraction" file gallery as a child of a "Direct mapping" file gallery.
  • How is security handled? Permissions would have to be for whole folder? and folder should ideally be stored outside the web root.
  • How to deal file content indexing?

Ideas 

 

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FTP client
Web FTP client

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