[Geany-Devel] Github Comment Mails

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Sat Aug 22 10:13:18 UTC 2015

On 15-08-22 12:51 AM, Enrico Tröger wrote:
> 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.

The email notifications way sounds clean and simple. If it turns out not 
to work right, we could try more elaborate API scripts and such.

Matthew Brush

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