Hi developers! Hi Dave!
Testing pgAdmin v.1.8.2 (Feb 5 2008), rev: 7050, on WinXP; host: pg
8.2.7 and 8.3.1 on Debian Etch
If I change data in the data grid and try to close the window or refresh
before saving, I get a warning:
There is unsaved data in a row.
Do you want to store to the database?
Which is a very welcome feature. However, this behaviour is unreliable
for various reasons.
I compile this report after I have lost data in a complex operation
handling multiple tables when I did not pay close attention. The
recovery is painful. It is probably save to assume, that if I was not
fully aware of the nuances in behavior, then hardly any user is.
I'll best demonstrate with a simple test-case:
CREATE TABLE test
( id integer primary key,
INSERT INTO test
VALUES(1,'foo', 'bar'), (2,'foo2', 'bar2'), (3,'foo3', 'bar3');
Actually, this is only included for completeness. You can use any table
with any data.
Now, open the data grid on this table and do stuff.
I added what happens at attempts to close/refresh as comment after each line
- click a field once, selected -- exit without warning, OK
- click it a 2nd time, enter edit mode with all data selected
-- exit leaves edit mode, issues a FALSE warning about unsaved data
(no data was changed)
or - press <F2>, enter edit mode with all data selected -- the same
- click a 3rd time, unselect data, position cursor -- the same
- change data -- exit leaves edit mode, issues warning, OK
- move on with <tab>, leave edit mode, next field selected
-- exit without warning, DATA LOST
or - move on with <shift><tab>, leave edit mode, prev. field selected
-- the same (probably due to a known issue we have been discussing
like a year ago.)
or - move on by clicking another field of the same row, leave edit mode,
new field selected -- exit with warning, OK
or - move on by clicking another field of of another row, leave edit
mode, auto-save row, new field selected -- exit without warning, OK
IF you change more fields, the warning will be given in any case.
Well, almost any case. There is still the sort/filter dialog. Try one of
the following with unsaved changes:
- add a new filter, press [OK] -- DATA LOST without warning,
regardless if the row is still displayed
- edit a present filter, press [OK] -- DATA LOST without
warning, regardless if the row is still displayed
- open a present filter, but do not change, press [OK] --
nothing happens, data are not refreshed, which is wrong for a different
reason: the underlying data may have changed. Pressing [OK] on a filter
means the user wants to apply it.
- open a present filter, add irrelevant whitespace somewhere in the
middle, press [OK] -- filter is reapplied, as it should be. But
DATA LOST without warning
Similar problems when changing sort order.
How it should be:
- Do not warn, if data has not changed
- Do warn, if data has changed. Not only at attempts to close the
window, but also on any attempt to requery, including sort/filter.
While being at it, requery _every_ time [OK] is clicked - as opposed
to [Cancel] - in the sort/filter dialog.
It is futile to check for changes in filter/sort, as the underlying
data may have changed, and it is confusing if a meaningless whitespace
makes all the difference.
The user can always click [Cancel] if he does not want to requery.
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