Yeah - I understand what you're trying to do now and you're right. In an
effort to make the API stateless I think we've introduced a gap in
functionality for a good, practical use case.

I've been wanting to replace the history/current_history* endpoints for a
while now with a session API (that would include a 'current' history) so
I'll bump that up in priority.

The most_recently_used may be broken - I'll check that now. Note, though,
that changing the current history doesn't change the update time for a
given history. You have to alter/change it for the time to change - then it
will become the 'most recently used'. It's confusing and doesn't really
match user expectations. I'll see what I can do about that and possibly
make it an alias to the above API when/if that makes it to a release. In
any event, again, I'll double check that it's at least doing that.

I'll also take a look and see if there's some other option for something
like this if most_recently_used won't fit the use case.



On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 2:16 AM, Suderman Keith <suder...@cs.vassar.edu>
wrote:

>
> On May 23, 2016, at 3:34 PM, Carl Eberhard <carlfeberh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> There's a way to get the current history data through a non-api url:
> /history/current_history_json
>
>
> That works, but to get the current history for a user I need to set the
> galaxysession cookie. So it is not really a good solution unless I can find
> an api to determine the session cookie for the user.  I’ve also noticed
> that /api/histories/most_recently_used is not returning the most recently
> used history!  A bug maybe?
>
> Keith
>
>
> ...but, I don't believe those are accessible through any of the bio/blend
> libraries.
>
> Failing the above, is there some way to get the history ID from the UI?
>
>
> You can click the information button ('i' with a circle around it) for any
> dataset in a history. The encoded history API id will be listed under:
> history api id.
>
> On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 7:03 PM, Suderman Keith <suder...@cs.vassar.edu>
> wrote:
>
>> I have been looking at the JavaDoc for Blend4J [1] and the REST API [2],
>> but I don’t see any way to obtain the “current” history as selected by the
>> user in the Galaxy UI.  I see `/api/histories/most_recently_used`, but it
>> seems that simply selecting a history as the current history in the UI does
>> not make it the “most recently used” (MRU) history; I guess the user has to
>> actually _do_ something with before it becomes the MRU history.  Am I
>> missing something?
>>
>> Failing the above, is there some way to get the history ID from the UI?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Keith
>>
>> REFERENCES
>>
>> 1.http://jmchilton.github.io/blend4j/apidocs/
>> 2.
>> https://galaxy.readthedocs.io/en/master/lib/galaxy.webapps.galaxy.api.html#module-galaxy.webapps.galaxy.api.histories
>>
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