Ui_numeric - how does it maintain state across browser refresh

Hi, all.

What options are available to achieve the same behaviour with a ui_template ?

One method I know goes like this:

  1. Within ui_template listen for a commands 'get_state' and 'set_state'.
    Write code to action those commands.
  2. When the flow has started inject 'get_state' and pick up the response with a function node that saves the state to more persistent storage. Make sure that all state changes in the ui_template also update the persistent store.
  3. When a browser refresh occurs inject 'set_state' along with the stored state.

Is there a simpler way any one ?

Can I take a no reply as an affirmative that this is the only way ?

Any one ?

The options at the bottom of the node should handle most use cases...
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The first tells it to save any output that the template sends back to the server...
and the second tells the server to send that to the template on a refresh.

Hi thank you for your reply.

I have several ui_template nodes that form dashboard buttons and a single ui_template that is the event handler.

Could you please tell me are you referring to the button templates in this instance or my event handler or both ?

Also I am trying to extract the correct event data for clientX ,Y and bbox[left,bottom,right,top]

Do you know exactly where this data comes from ?

I have not been able to get the correct values (as produced by a standard dashboard button of the same size and position as my ui_template button) from the e.originalEvent object.

i am referring to the generic capabilities of he ui_template node. What your template does is up to you. If they send a payload then it can be stored and replayed.

I have found a working ui_template that does not enter a feedback loop like my template does but I am not sure if the observed behaviour is correct.

Here is a flow to demonstrate:

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From a cold start I get:


Injecting State 1 into each node and then doing a browser refresh

Which is OK I think.
If I now edit the ui_templates and set them all to False False and redeploy

Which I think is not OK. I have to restart node-red for it to forget stored state.

Also if I set a ui_template to disabled like the clock toolbar it also remains after redeploy and requires node-red restart.

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I have updated the example to the beta dashboard and the problem is there as well.

It boils down to this:

If a ui_template ever has 'Reload last value on refresh' set to Checked then the value will persist through browser refresh and even a redeploy with the 'Reload last value on refresh' set to Unchecked.

This cannot be right, any one ?