[GRASS-dev] Fwd: Re: Upcoming 7.2.0: review which addons to move to core

Paulo van Breugel p.vanbreugel at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 16:16:26 PDT 2016

On October 5, 2016 23:10:27 Anna Petrášová <kratochanna at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 10:46 AM, Moritz Lennert
> <mlennert at club.worldonline.be> wrote:
>> On 05/10/16 16:29, Paulo van Breugel wrote:
>>> On 05-10-16 15:20, Moritz Lennert wrote:
>>>> Maybe we should ask the users of whether this distinction between
>>>> modules and core and extensions is really relevant for them, or
>>>> whether most are perfectly happy to just install extensions.
>>> Since you are asking :-) , as an user, my main interest is in good
>>> documentation and reproducible examples (which I can than also use to
>>> see if outputs make sense to me as an user). In that respect there is no
>>> inherent difference between core modules and extensions. What is
>>> different is that many (most?) of the core functions are accessible
>>> through the menu. I personally don't find that very important,
>>> especially with the modules tab giving fairly easy access to extensions,
>>> but I can imagine that for new / other users, especially those more
>>> inclined to menu-driven applications, this may make a difference.
>> Thank you, Paulo, for this feedback.
>> This means that finding a means to more easily integrate addon modules into
>> menus might be a task to keep in mind.
>> Maybe the startup script could check the .grass7/addons directory and
>> automatically create an 'addons' menu using [1] ? Maybe the mecanism can be
>> changed in a way to just allow to create toolboxes and that these are
>> automatically integrated into the main menu ?
>> Just brainstorming, here...
>> Moritz
>> [1] https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/manuals/wxGUI.toolboxes.html
> Hmm, this is already implemented (several years I would say). Look
> into the tab Modules in layer manager. At least we now know, that
> nobody here is using it...

I do use it. As I mentioned above, I find it a convenient way to access / 
find extensions. My point was that others might prefer to have access to 
these functions through the menu bar. And initially I was one of them, for 
some reason it took me time to get used using this modules tab, and to 
realize / internalize that the modules tab is in fact more powerful having 
the search function.

So I guess it is a matter of preference, which in turn will often depend on 
what a person is used to. I have seen a similar discussion concerning 
moving functions to the processing toolbox, but keeping a link to these 
functions in the menu.

> Before adding additional menu Addons, I suggest reading
> https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/ticket/1742

But yes, there are other issues to consider, like space on the menu bar,, true.

> Anna
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