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Re: Email postcommit hook, subscription, properties ....

From: Micah Elliott <mde_at_micahelliott.com>
Date: 2007-11-02 18:22:00 CET

On 2007-11-02 Harvey, Edward wrote:

> The users wish to have email alerts when somebody changes a
> file of interest. So I'm trying to provide something like
> "watch this item" ... It is natural to look at post commit
> hooks, but it is not appropriate for every user to get email
> about every change. It would simply be too much.

It's a Best Practice to have a "commits" mailing list. (See
Karl's new book, Producing Open Source Software
(http://producingoss.com/) for details.)

I like Mailman (http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/index.html)
quite a bit for hosting my commits lists. I haven't set up the
topical granularity you've mentioned but it should be possible
without much tweaking: Mailman provides "topics" which let you
specify a regex pattern for email subjects.

So you should be able to set up svnnotify
(http://search.cpan.org/dist/SVN-Notify/) in a hook to put the
path of the change into the subject. Then you would have a topic
regex that would capture each top level directory. Your users
would be "subscribed" only to the topics (directories) that
really interest them.

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