[Geany-Devel] Github Comment Mails

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at xxxxx
Sat Aug 22 07:51:49 UTC 2015

On 22/08/15 02:03, Lex Trotman wrote:
> On 22 August 2015 at 09:54, Matthew Brush <mbrush at codebrainz.ca> wrote:
>> On 15-08-21 02:26 PM, Enrico Tröger wrote:
>>> On 19/08/15 05:46, Matthew Brush wrote:
>>>> On 15-08-18 08:43 PM, Lex Trotman wrote:
>>>>> On 19 August 2015 at 13:37, Matthew Brush <mbrush at codebrainz.ca> wrote:
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> Is it possible to make an archived mailing list which can contain
>>>>>> threads of
>>>>>> comments posted to Github (maybe using Github API)? We have sometimes
>>>>>> when
>>>>>> squash commits it deletes Github comments, but I thought maybe we
>>>>>> could have
>>>>>> some stable backup + URL to link to (ex. in commit messages, on the
>>>>>> mailing
>>>>>> list, etc) which could be searchable and googlable and not be deleted
>>>>>> by
>>>>>> rebase.
>>>>> Or by the remote deleting the branch
>>>> Yeah, it would be archived and not affected by force pushes, delete
>>>> branches or editing of comments.
>>> Nice idea.
>>> The mailing list itself would be no problem at all. It's more difficult
>>> to get the data from Github.
>>> On https://github.com/geany/geany/settings/hooks there is "services" and
>>> they support "Email" but it will send mails only on pushes, not what we
>>> want.
>>> An alternative would a web hook where you can choose detailed on which
>>> events the hook is triggered. But then you need something on the
>>> receiving side which takes the event and transform it into a mail to
>>> send it to the mailing list. Possible but requires some work.
>>> I just had a quick look at the available other services
>>> (https://api.github.com/hooks) to find one which support commit and PR
>>> comments and support something self-hosted (i.e. no new dependency on
>>> some third-party service) but didn't find anything suitable.
>>> One more option might be to use the Geany Github account and watch the
>>> Geany repositories with this account to get notifications this way.
>>> We just need to take care to setup a separate email address in the
>>> Github account settings for notifications because the primary address
>>> will be used for account settings/notifications/password resets. Those
>>> should not be sent to a public mailing list :).
>>> Should be possible and probably the easiest way.
>>> If you agree, I could work on this.
>> Sounds like a good idea.
>> Did you look at the Github API proper? We could probably hack up a script to
>> harvest the comments that way (it's really easy to use IIRC, it's just some
>> URL queries and JSON responses). It might still need a service hook or cron
>> event or something to trigger, but it might be workable.
> Could probably just get them daily for this purpose.

I don't which way to go.
Grabbing the comments from the API is possible as I said above, I know
the API is quite easy to use, did so for the IRC commit messages and the
commit mails.

The Geany account notifications are very quick to setup. I don't
volunteer to write a script using the Github API although easy. If you
want to, I'd be happy to help setting it up if necessary.


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