Patch tagging/classification

Damien Lespiau damien.lespiau at
Tue Feb 9 05:50:50 AEDT 2016

On Mon, Feb 08, 2016 at 08:08:58PM +0200, Ruslan Kuprieiev wrote:
> >As mentioned before, Freedesktop's patchwork has a somewhat strong
> >opinion on distribution dependencies. It favours deploying patchwork in
> >an isolated, sateless, WM/container (or at least in a virtualenv) with a
> >tight control on the versions of those dependencies (as opposed to
> >relying on the distribution packages). People have voiced concerns about
> >this, but I find it rather freeing.
> I totally support this opinion. From a user standpoint, that doesn't
> want to get into deep fiddling with packages and configurations of DBs
> and Django, I would prefer to just download, unpack, do 2-3 additional
> trivial steps and have my own patchwork ready to serve my mailing list
> =)
> Do you have your patchwork version in a easy-to-deploy form? If you
> do, would mind sharing it? I would love to try it out.

Unfortunately, I don't have anything to share. Right now, each admin has
to figure out how patchwork can fit in the existing infrastructure (and
there are quite a few combinations). I myself use fabric
( to automate the deployment of patchwork, but
that only works with a manual first installation.

I can see how a better story for both the installation and updates of
patchwork is needed, as well as a few supported ways to hook an existing
mailing-list that isn't necessarily on the same host as patchwork.

I think it should be fairly straightforward to make a docker image with
PostgreSQL, django and patchwork. To feed emails to patchwork, I'd
create a new REST entry point that would accept emails given the proper
credentials. Basically the same code as today but decoupling patchwork
from the host the mailing-list is hosted on. Then, mail delivery to
patchwork could be hooked to anything: local delivery (/etc/aliases and
local(8) as documented today) or a script feeding emails from any source
(eg. fetchmail + procmail).

I've added it to the TODO list but, time is scarce.


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