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RE: X-GNATS-NOTIFY & the CC list in 4.0

From: Dirk Bergstrom
Subject: RE: X-GNATS-NOTIFY & the CC list in 4.0
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 14:44:26 -0800

> I seem to recall that they were deprecated in the 3.X 
> timeframe because they
> never quite worked right, and we didn't have a great desire 
> to fix them for 4.0.

ahh, that's what i'd suspected.  if only i could remember *where* i came across 
the idea...

> That said, what are you trying to do?  There may be other 
> better ways to skin this cat.

i was trying to figure out why the "CC these people on PR status email:" field 
in gnatsweb didn't work.  the answer is "because it's not connected to anything 
on the back end".

so now the question becomes "should we yank this pseudo-field out of gnatsweb, 
or add code to gnats?"  my preference would be to whack it out of gnatsweb -- 
it's a hell of a lot simpler to *remove* code w/o creating bugs than it is to 
add it.

i propose:

*) in place of x-gnats-notify, add a field to the standard dbconfig called 
"CC-On-Change-List" (or something like that).
*) change the audit-mail format thusly:
    header {
-       format "Subject: Re: %s/%s\n"
+       format "Subject: Re: %s/%s\nCc: %s\n"
-       fields { "Category" "Number" }
+       fields { "Category" "Number" "CC-On-Change-List" }
*) remove the Cc: and X-GNATS-Notify headers from send-pr, and remove the 
[-c|--cc] option.
*) remove the code supporting XGN/CC from gnatsweb.

this will give us most of the same functionality, without a bunch of 
bag-on-the-side support for random headers.  it also gives users the choice of 
whether or not to have a CC functionality.

what do y'all think?

Dirk Bergstrom               address@hidden
Juniper Networks Inc.,          Computer Geek
Tel: 707.433.0564           Fax: 707.433.0769

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