On Fri, 2012-02-03 at 11:38 +0100, Alexander Larsson wrote: 
> IMHO we should implement actual network availibility tracking in
> EDataFactory (using NM or ConnMan) to get the real state inside the
> backends (i.e. if there is no network the backends should always be
> offline).

Alex and I talked this over on IRC.  Summarizing the plan forward here
for the record.

I had already been salivating over the new GNetworkMonitor API in GLib
2.31, but hadn't intended to use it until the 3.5 cycle.  It means we
can kill the network-manager/connman/windows-sens network detection
modules in Evolution and rely only on GIO from now on.  (Finally!)

But since the situation is so dire for GNOME Contacts, we're going to
utilize GNetworkMonitor in Evolution-Data-Server for 3.4, but only if
linking to GLib 2.31.  Alex will supply patches.

Our minimum GLib requirement will remain GLib 2.30 for GNOME 3.4.


> The question remains however what to do about the forced offline
> state. If you put evolution in forced offline mode, do you truly want
> to turn the desktop-global addressbooks and calendard into offline
> mode too? It might be pretty suprising that suddenly the contacts and
> calendar integration in the shell and contacts is readonly because you
> switched your mailer to offline mode. It can be especially problematic
> if you then close evolution, and have no other place to disable
> offline mode.
> 
> Maybe we should make the "offline" mode in evolution really only
> affect the camel_session online state? I don't know exactly what the
> usecase is for the evolution offline mode, so I don't know what the
> best approach is here.

I agree with this.  Evolution's forced offline state should only affect
Evolution, not E-D-S backends.

So that means, at least while mail is still handled by Evolution, forced
offline state only applies to mail.

This is consistent with making Evolution "just another E-D-S client" and
not having special privileges over those desktop services.

Matt

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