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Re: Previous games wiped when changing player name

From: Philippe Michel
Subject: Re: Previous games wiped when changing player name
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2020 17:32:44 +0100

On Sat, Mar 07, 2020 at 03:08:25PM +0000, Ian Shaw wrote:

> Gnubg wipes out previous games when changing the player name.
> During the second game of a match, I realised that the player names 
> were as set during a previous session. I edited the name of player 0 
> to 'gnubg', and the records of the proves game was wiped out. The 
> current game became game 1, although the score remained the same.

Since changing the player name through Settings / Players doesn't take 
effect immediately, I suppose you used Edit / Edit position.

This indeed creates a new session starting from the position at hand + 
edits, clobbering the current session, and without warning. The first 
part may be unintuitive and the second is clearly bad.
> This must surely be undesirable, especially with no warning given. 
> Shouldn't we keep the games played and just change the name?

Doing things differently depending on whether the editing is harmless 
(like changing a name) or not might be tricky

Clarifying what "Edit position" does is probably needed in any case, or 
redefinig what it should do if the current behaviour is inadequate.

For the problem at hand, being able to change the names in File / Match 
information could work as well.
> I suggest that the player 0 automatically be set to a standard name 
> when starting a match/session against gnubg. E.g 'Gnubg 0-ply'.

This is almost what Settings / Players does.

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