[Phpmyadmin-devel] RFE #1123

Ashutosh Dhundhara ashutoshdhundhara at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 7 20:16:20 CEST 2014

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM, Marc Delisle <marc at infomarc.info> wrote:

> Le 2014-08-05 14:35, Ashutosh Dhundhara a écrit :
> > Hi,
> >
> > I was starting to work on RFE #1123
> > <https://sourceforge.net/p/phpmyadmin/feature-requests/1123/> (Zeroconf
> > PMA tables support).
> >
> > Is it something like enabling/disabling the PMA configuration storage
> > feature through UI with default table names?
> >
> > Also, automatically create these tables when user has enabled this
> > feature through UI?
> Hi Ashutosh,

Thanks Marc and Isaac.

The RFE was a bit confusing but the insight provided by you both clarified
However, I have a few queries and I am posting them in-line.

> I have read again the RFE and the comments in the ticket; then I read
> the details of your proposal on google-melange.com.
> I don't have all the answers but can give you some pointers; others can
> give ideas too or contradict mine :)
> * The solution has to work for a single-user installation and also for a
> multi-user installation

How single-user and multi-user installation is going to affect this feature?
Is it something like if the user does not have access to the database
defined in the
directive $cfg['Servers'][$i]['pmadb'], then create the pma tables in the
database on which he/she
has access?

> * Priority should go to use the values from config.inc.php (the control
> user, pmadb and all pmadb tables) if present. This is mainly for
> backward compatibility and also because I suspect it's the only way to
> support a multi-user installation
> * In case there is no such configuration, the logic could check the
> presence of the default database name and table names, as suggested in
> examples/create_tables.sql
> * I'm not sure on which panel is the best place to do this verification,
> but it could be at the same places where the warnings about the
> configuration storage are currently done (home page and each database >
> Operations page
> * If this default database name "phpmyadmin" does not exist, the logic
> could look for the default table names in the current database (this is
> in case the user has access to only one database)

Lets say user sees the warning on homepage. Then how to decide the current
Is it something like creating these tables in the first database on which
the user has CREATE access?

> * If the default db and/or default table names are not found, the logic
> could pop a dialog, offering to create these in the current db and
> asking for confirmation; I hope it's possible to directly read
> examples/create_tables.sql for this, in order to avoid discrepancies
> between the logic and changes in create_tables.sql
> * Something will have to be done with the logic that gives a warning
> about the configuration storage; it would probably lose its purpose

Yes Marc. We will have to do something for this.
How about keeping this message/warning intact and when the user clicks on
'here' of "To find out why click here
the user
will be directed to diagnostic page as it is currently done. And on that
page we can provide a link with text something like "Fix it" and when user
will click this link, the new logic will be executed?

> * Maybe we'll need a new directive in config.inc.php, so that the
> installer can decide that the zero conf is active or not (would be
> active by default)
> * I am not in favor of designing a UI to set up the configuration
> storage, as this already exists in /setup (with the goal of producing a
> config.inc.php)
> * I am not in favor of programmatically creating a .php file in the
> installation directory or doing any modification in config.inc.php

Ashutosh Dhundhara
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