Deletion of Image Gallery leave images and folders behind

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7/15/2012 12:50:26 AM
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Deletion of Image Gallery leave images and folders behind

When deleting an Image Gallery feature (using the Content Manager, i.e. really deleting it) the folders and images it contained are left on the server, e.g.

/wwwroot/Data/Sites/1/media/GalleryImages/95

Since these folders and images are not user-managed, shouldn't these be deleted when the feature that created/managed them is deleted?

7/15/2012 11:26:50 AM
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Re: Deletion of Image Gallery leave images and folders behind

I will implement support for deleting the files but the default behavior will remain, you will need to add a config setting to make it delete all the images when an image gallery instance is deleted.

My thinking is that people may have subsequently used the gallery images in other content since they can browse to anything below the media folder from the wysiwyg editor and we have no way of knowing whether any of the images have been used in other content. If we delete it by default then someone will report a bug because an image disappeared from their content and they will be mad at me because they cannot recover it.

On can delete them from file manager or ftp already and I prefer to err on the side of not deleting things in case someone makes a mistake.

So if you prefer the images to be deleted by default, add this to your user.config and it will work after the next release of mojoPortal:

<add key="ImageGallery:DeleteImagesWhenModuleIsDeleted" value="true" />

Best,

Joe

7/16/2012 1:50:36 AM
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Re: Deletion of Image Gallery leave images and folders behind

Thanks Joe.  You're right of course that this can be looked after with FTP etc, but it's not obvious which of the folders might relate to any particular image gallery (e.g. /wwwroot/Data/Sites/1/media/GalleryImages/95).

Is there any way to deduce this at present? If not, could this be added as a read-only visible property of the feature instance or something, so that admins can know for sure where the images associated with a particular gallery reside?

7/16/2012 8:44:45 AM
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Re: Deletion of Image Gallery leave images and folders behind

Hi Crispin,

Not entirely a bad idea to have the module ID shown somewhere. Preferably on the "settings" page for a module (ModuleSettings.aspx). Without this, you can still figure out the module ID by looking for the mid= in the url on the ModuleSettings.aspx page.

HTH,
Joe D.

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