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Re: Email aliases and new cvs requests

On Sun, 27 Jul 2008 13:07:24 -0700
Toshio Kuratomi <a badger gmail com> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> Last week Seth implemented email aliases for the people who should be 
> notified of changes to packages.  I used this new functionality to
> have getnotifylist, which looks up who to notify on cvs commits, stop 
> querying the pkgdb directly (a slow operation with multiple points
> where it could fail) and instead just construct the alias from the
> packagename.
> This works well except for one case:  When a new package is created,
> the alias for the package does not yet exist.  This means that when 
> someone makes the initial branch for a package they get a bounce
> message because we were unable to send to the non-existent email
> address.
> I think the solution is going to have to be that the pkgdb has to do
> the branching.  Or, at least, the pkgdb is going to need to know
> which packages need branching and cvs-int will have to query for
> those with a cron job and perform the action.  That way the new
> package can be added to the pkgdb along with a branch request.  The
> packagedb will record the new package and add the need for cvs
> branches to a queue.  The packagedb will take the branch request
> through various stages until it is done.

On advantage to this approach is that it might get us further toward
allowing people to request new package adds and branches directly in
packagedb, only needing cvsadmin approval, instead of the manual
process now with bugzilla cvs requests. 

> Here's my idea for stages:
> 1) Request for new package with new branch is added to the packagedb.
> 2) Request is marked approved by an admin
> 3) Packagedb create the record for the package
> 4) Packagedb waits for the email alias to be created (currently, the 
> packagedb doesn't know for sure that the alias has been created...
> we'll just wait an appropriate length of time.  If this proves
> problematic we can create a URL that records that aliases has been
> created that is only authorized to certain users.)
> 5) Packagedb records that the package is ready to be branched.
> 6) cvs-int has a cron job that queries for packages to branch,
> branches them, and then records that they have been created.
> If anyone can think of a better way to solve this, please let me
> know. I'll start work on this about the middle of next week.

Well, the information is in several places, it's just a matter of which
one is the easiest/most reliable/least blocking way to get it. 

The above sounds ok to me, as long as it also gets us closer to a more
automated way of processing new packages / new branches. 

> -Toshio


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