RTFM 2.2RC5 questions/bugs

I am exploring RTFM for the first time and just installed 2.2RC5 along
with RT 3.6.4. Questions/observations:

  1. Topics. I see there is something called Topics that is not covered
    in the documentation. These appear to act like tags and cut across RTFM
    Classes as a secondary way of classifying RTFM articles. Is this correct?

  2. Saving values of custom fields fails first time. I created two
    custom fields, a Body and a File Attachment. I enable them for an
    article class called Email, I create a new article in the Email class, I
    provide a description and summary in the standard fields, and then some
    text in the custom field Body and I browse to a file for the custom
    field file attachment, I click Save Changes. The article is created,
    the standard fields get their values but neither the Body nor the File
    Attachment contain a value. If I then modify the same article again,
    and provide the same values, the custom fields then take on the values.
    So, essentially to create a useful article you have to create it, save
    changes, modify it, and save changes again.

  3. File Attachments. After working around the bug in #2, I can
    successfully save files to RTFM articles. However, when I include those
    RTFM articles into an RT ticket, the file does not get attached to the
    ticket. Only a piece of text that says File Attachment: and the file
    name (but no link to content of the file) gets inserted into the RT
    ticket. Is this the expected behavior? What I thought would be neat is
    that we have a library of PDF Best Practices documents, and to attach
    each of those to their own RTFM Article for easy inclusion in RT tickets
    when needed. Plan B is to publish the PDFs on the web somewhere and
    make RTFM articles with URLs in them that point to the PDFs, but I am
    wondering how file attachments are supposed to work RTFM -> RT.

  4. Duplicate results in searches. When modifying an RT ticket and I
    search for RTFM Articles to include, in at least one case it
    consistently returns the same article twice in the list. The article
    gets included into the ticket the same way no matter which of the
    results I click. On other searches, this behavior is not seen.

I do recognize that I am both an RTFM newbie and that I am using an
non-final release, so I expect issues. I just want to know if they are
known issues, or if something is wrong with my config.

Thanks!

-Fran

Fran Fabrizio
Senior Systems Analyst
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
http://www.cis.uab.edu/
205.934.0653

  1. Saving values of custom fields fails first time. I created two
    custom fields, a Body and a File Attachment. I enable them for an
    article class called Email, I create a new article in the Email class, I
    provide a description and summary in the standard fields, and then some
    text in the custom field Body and I browse to a file for the custom
    field file attachment, I click Save Changes. The article is created,
    the standard fields get their values but neither the Body nor the File
    Attachment contain a value. If I then modify the same article again,
    and provide the same values, the custom fields then take on the values.
    So, essentially to create a useful article you have to create it, save
    changes, modify it, and save changes again.

Ok, looks like this one is fixed as of 2.2RC6 which I just grabbed from
the link
http://download.bestpractical.com/pub/rt/devel/RTIR_M3/RTFM-2.2.0RC6.tar.gz
(in the earlier thread “[rt-users] Not saving custom fields in RTFM upon
Article creation”). Progress!

Fran Fabrizio
Senior Systems Analyst
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham

205.934.0653