I'm still not fully understanding your usage scenario.
> A simple example is the creation of a full history based log file.
I imagine that this would be an ideal use of the history API. Rather than
having tools log history, write a script that uses the API to generate a
> My more detailed need is to parallel an existing analysis pipeline in galaxy,
> using the same underlying code. Reusing the same code from within galaxy has
> the great advantage of ensuring exactly the same process is run, allowing the
> "official" analysis to be repeated by outsiders. This pipeline works on a
> number of inputs (paired end reads, multiple replicates, etc.) and goes
> through a number of intervening steps where massive temporary files may be
> reused in several steps, then ultimately deleted after obtaining final
> results. The existing pipeline, outside of galaxy, creates these shared
> files in a temporary directory, exclusive to the "experiment" being run. In
> Galaxy however, ensuring that an "experiment" named by one user will not
> collide with one named by another user, accidentally overwriting existing
> files becomes a great deal easier if the temporary experiment directories
> have history_id based names.
Why not use mktemp() to ensure a unique directory that can house an
> Since the histories could be shared among multiple users, the user_id will
> not be effective.
How are Galaxy histories shared amongst users?
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