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1 Attachments
1.1 Basics
1.1.1 What does attachments do?
1.1.2 At a high level, how does attachments work?
1.2 Using attachments
1.2.1 Mount attachments under your package
1.2.2 Map a file-storage root folder to your package instance
1.2.3 Attaching files to your objects
1.2.3.1 Have your package check if attachments is mounted properly
1.2.3.2 Get the attachment Url
1.2.4 Viewing attached files

1 Attachments

1.1 Basics

1.1.1 What does attachments do?

attachments is a service package that allows you to attach one or more file-storage files to any acs_object. attachments is mounted below a package that uses it, and the application provides links into the attachments package's UI.

1.1.2 At a high level, how does attachments work?

Before you can use the attachments package, each instance of your package must be mapped to a file-storage root folder.

The root folder is a "super folder" for all the files in that specific instance of file-storage, and it is created automatically when the file-storage package is instantiated.

When a user wants to make an attachment to an object in your package, she is shown the contents of the file-storage root folder mapped to your package instance. The user is also given the option to upload a new file into file-storage to attach.

1.2 Using attachments

1.2.1 Mount attachments under your package

The first step is to mount the attachments package under your package. In the site-map, you should create a new site-node (sub-folder) under your package called "attach".

"attach" is the standard URL, however URL this can be changed on a site-wide basis by changing the "RelativeUrl" parameter of any of the attachments packages (this works since there's only one instance of attachments in the entire system. The same instance is just re-mounted)

1.2.2 Map a file-storage root folder to your package instance

First, you must select a file-storage instance that will provide the files you can attach. If you do not already have an instance of file-storage that you want to use for your package instance, you must create one using the site-map.

Once you have a file-storage instance you wish to use, you must map the root folder of that file-storage instance with the package_id of the instance of your package.

Two utility procs to help you do this:

fs::get_root_folder and attachments::map_root_folder

1.2.3 Attaching files to your objects

1.2.3.1 Have your package check if attachments is mounted properly

Most likely, you want your package to work even if the attachments package is not installed on the system or if attachments is not properly mounted. To do this, add the following proc to your package's API and wrap all calls to the attachments package with it:

    ad_proc -private attachments_enabled_p {} {
        set package_id [site_node_apm_integration::child_package_exists_p \
            -package_key attachments
        ]
    }

1.2.3.2 Get the attachment Url

When you want to set up the link that the user can click on to attach something to an object, use the attachments::add_attachment_url proc, which will return the correct Url into the attachments package mounted under your package.

    if {$attachments_enabled_p} {
        if {$attach_p} {
            set redirect_url [attachments::add_attachment_url \
                                  -object_id $message_id \
                                  -return_url $redirect_url \
                                  -pretty_name "$subject"]
        }
    }

forums redirects the user to the redirect_url, if the user chose to add an attachment to their posting.

1.2.4 Viewing attached files

You can use the "attachments::get_attachments" proc to see the list of attachments to a given object.

Release Notes

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