[wp-hackers] adding delete/autoload to options.php

Callum Macdonald lists.automattic.com at callum-macdonald.com
Wed Sep 12 18:48:21 GMT 2007

I agree with Morty.

I also think it would be useful to have the option to delete in the 
options.php page. Given that there's no link to the options page, it's 
unlikely users will "stumble" upon it and delete options by accident.

I'd support implementing these changes into core.

Cheers - Callum.

Moritz 'morty' Struebe wrote:
> DD32 wrote:
>> Now, Deleting, I realise that someone who doesn't know what they're 
>> doing could cause havoc with that, but they can do the same if they 
>> modify the value to an unexpected value, Many plugins don't clean up 
>> the options when removed, and some users i know end up with a couple 
>> of thousand options(Those who like to tinker with many plugins..)
>> Perhaps a button, or check-box?
> Deleting is quite a problem as you don't want to lose settings just 
> because you deactivated the plugin. What I did is to use 
> plugin_name_setting and delete all plugin_name_ settings if uninstall 
> is set up. Therefore there should be some thing be done on how plugins 
> are managed. Other systems (e.g. Typo3) make a difference between 
> installing and activating. I think it should be done. There still 
> should be the activation/deactivation hooks in case your messing 
> around and something will break if you get deactivated. But especially 
> having a uninstall hook would save you us plugin-developer a lot of 
> trouble. And being able to output errors on those hooks.
> Cheers
> Morty
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