[jdev] Local history storage

Justin Karneges justin at affinix.com
Wed Dec 19 08:14:48 UTC 2012

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 08:14:34 AM David E. Ammouial wrote:
> I'm currently switching from Gajim to Empathy (trying it out becomes I'm
> discovering GNOME 3), and as a user I'd like to express a wish to client
> developers: IMHO, clients should store the chat history at the same place.
> Of course, the exact format would need to be thoughtfully defined, but
> does the goal itself sound reasonable?
> (I'm well aware of the efforts to store history on server side, but I
> think local history will still be around for a while.)

I've been wanting this since forever. Email has mbox and Maildir. IM could use 
something similar. Maybe we could even just use an email format (conversations 
in RFC822 format anyone?). I say it now just so it gets said.

Early revisions of XEP-136 included a XML file format spec, though it was 
removed due to being out of scope. Maybe someone can start a new XEP that 
specifically discusses a file format. Even though it's not a network protocol, I 
think the XSF is not a terrible place to pursue this. It reminds me of XEP-38 
(emoticon file format).


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