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[whatwg] Drag-and-drop folders/files support with directory structure using DirectoryEntry

From: Eric U <ericu@google.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 08:32:42 -0700
Message-ID: <CAHvSExeYdEcKcyxVvARNeHW2FQKh7rST=4_ZHREGwOX9w84-oQ@mail.gmail.com>
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM, Kinuko Yasuda <kinuko at chromium.org> wrote:
> A follow up about this proposal:
>
> Based on the feedbacks we got on this list we've implemented the following
> API to do experiments in Chrome:
> ?DataTransferItem.getAsEntry(in EntryCallback callback)
>
> which takes a callback that returns FileEntry or DirectoryEntry if it's for
> drop event and the item's kind is 'file'.
> Right now it's prefixed therefore its actual name in Chrome is
> 'webkitGetAsEntry'.
> We use kind=='file' in a broader definition here (i.e. a file path which
> can be either regular file or directory file) and didn't add a specific
> kind for directories.
> (Btw we've also implemented DataTransferItem.getAsFile(), so apps can call
> either getAsFile or webkitGetAsEntry for kind=='file' item)
>
> As for lifetime and toURL() issue, which was the biggest concern in the
> past discussion, we decided not to support toURL/resolveURL on ?Entries for
> drag-and-drop, so that it won't leak reference or expose GC period. ?A
> dragged file can be accessed only while the script has the Entry instance
> (as well as we do for File object). ?We eventually aim to support
> structured cloning of Entries but it's not there yet.
>
> Each Entry returned by this API has following properties:
> * is read-only.
> * has the dropped file/directory name (not a full path) in its
> Entry.name, which must also match with the basename of Entry.fullPath.
> * should not expose the actual platform path, but how exactly its fullPath
> should look is implementation dependent. (In our implementation it always
> appears as a top-level path, e.g. '/foo' for a file/directory 'foo')
>
> Example:
> If we drop multiple files/directories like following:
> ?/User/kinuko/Photos/travel/thailand/
> ?/User/kinuko/Photos/holiday2012/
> ?/User/kinuko/Photos/photos.txt
>
> We'll get three kind=='file' items in dataTransfer.items, and
> calling getAsEntry (webkitGetAsEntry) on each item allow us to get
> FileEntry or DirectoryEntry and to recursively traverse its child
> files/subdirectories with full control if it's directory.

"full control" still doesn't include modification, though, right?
It's read-only all the way down?

> ?var items = e.dataTransfer.items;
> ?for (var i = 0; i < items.length; ++i) {
> ? ?if (items[i].kind == 'file') {
> ? ? ?items[i].webkitGetAsEntry(function(entry) {
> ? ? ? ?displayEntry(entry.name + (entry.isDirectory ? ' [dir]' : ''));
> ? ? ? ?...
> ? ? ?});
> ? ?}
> ?}
>
> As for <input type="file"> support I am thinking about adding "AsEntries"
> attribute (so that we do not need to do the automatic recursive
> files/directories retrieval when the attribute is specified) and "entries"
> field, but haven't done anything yet. ?(Open to further suggestions)
>
> I hope we can get valuable user feedbacks (as well as from yours) based on
> the implementation.
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 7:37 AM, Glenn Maynard <glenn at zewt.org> wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 1:36 AM, Kinuko Yasuda <kinuko at chromium.org>wrote:
>>
>>> I would say the approach has a bloating per-page bookkeeping problem but
>>> not a 'leak'.
>>
>>
>> It's a reference leak: an object which remains referenced after it's no
>> longer needed. ?I'm not aware of anything standardized in the platform with
>> this problem. ?Also, a lot of toURL use cases would simply not work with
>> drag-and-dropped files (being able to modify the URL to access neighboring
>> files; storing the URL for access in a future session).
>>
>> Anyway, do you still agree that having Entry structured clonable is a good
>> idea? ?I'm only really worried about toURL if it causes structured cloning
>> of Entry to not happen, since I think the latter is a much more solid and
>> useful approach, and more consistent with what we already have.
>> (Half-solutions make me nervous, because they have a tendency to delay full
>> solutions.)
>>
>> --
>> Glenn Maynard
>>
>>
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