Hi Greg,

I do see the concern of uploading data through the api but I don't think
filtering on file types is the right solution. It seems to be an issue with
allowing everyone to register. Wouldn't it be better to at least validate
e-mail addresses of new users on the main instance? This would probably
resolve most issues related to unwanted content on the server?

Furthermore I agree with Peter, that if you want to block certain file types
on your own instance, they should be removed from the datatypes_config.xml
and thereby disabling them.

Btw I needed the images for the sample tracking part - e.g. uploading gel


On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM, Greg Von Kuster <g...@bx.psu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Peter,
> On Jul 27, 2011, at 9:34 AM, Peter Cock wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM, Greg Von Kuster <g...@bx.psu.edu>
> wrote:
> >> Helo Jelle,
> >> I've taken a look at your patches and the code looks good.
> >> However, I'm wondering why you find it necessary to upload image files
> to
> >> Galaxy.  Do tools exist that take image files as input?  If the Galaxy
> >> community finds this feature as a good addition to Galaxy, we can
> probably
> >> incorporate it into the distribution.
> >
> > I think it is a nice feature - and can come up with some use cases too.
> > How about future tools for image analysis? e.g. microscope photos of
> > cultures to automatically do cell/organism counting, or plant leaves
> > for pathogenicity assays.
> Ok, I'm convinced.
> >
> >> However, we'll need an additional feature before we can do that.  We'll
> >> need to implement a type of config setting that enables / disables the
> >> uploading of image files via the Galaxy api. ...
> >
> > Why not just allow it? A general configuration allowing/blocking any
> > file type from being uploaded makes more sense to me than just
> > wanting to block images.
> The enhancement would be to add a config setting to allow / disallow
> uploading any data type ( not just images ) via the api.  The problem with
> just allowing uploading of images is that we'll end up hosting a bunch of
> porn on our main public Galaxy instance.  This has happened to us in the
> past...
> >
> > Peter
> >
> Greg Von Kuster
> Galaxy Development Team
> g...@bx.psu.edu
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