Fwd: The REVU upgrade thread

Michael Casadevall sonicmctails at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 02:51:14 BST 2008

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On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 9:34 PM, Jonathan Marsden <jmarsden at fastmail.fm>
Michael Casadevall wrote:

> As we al know, REVU historically has required you to join
> revu-uploaders, and then hunt down an admin to get your key synced or
> updated, which I always felt was klunky, and rather clumsy way to do
> things. Now that REVU uses Launchpad IDs, it also grabs and
> imports/updates GPG keys as needed on each login from the individual
> users page, which I find is a much sleeker solution.

Definitely :-)  Sleeker still would be to also do the import/update of
GPG key upon an upload using dput, so that attempted uploads from
newcomers "just work" rather than being rejected with no clear
notification to the uploader. See LP: #250164 .  More generally, making
it easier for newcomers who want to contribute to the bug fixing and
packaging process like this is IMO well worth the effort; current
barriers to entry are somewhat high.
There isn't a way I know to get the key from a fingerprint in the
changes file. If there is
we could look into implementing that. As for silent rejections, that
will hopefully be fixed
once REVU actually has some concept of a mailing system and learns how
to send mails

>  It was pointed out to me though that having revu-uploaders though
>  allows people to see how you have to be a member of a special group
>  to commit to the archive.

Could the REVU login code query LP to determine "is this person a member
of revu-uploaders", and if the answer is no, display something to the
user who is attempting to log in, asking them to please subscribe to
that group (maybe include a direct subscribe link to it, even)?  This
way, you would get the best of both worlds: only one login to manage, no
manual keyring sync delays, *and* a "special group" for REVU uploaders,
for those who feel that has value.

I thought about it, but the only official query to query Launchpad
about a group  is to read its RDF page, which in the case of
revu-uploadres is slightly under a megabyte. Downloading aside,
parsing that monster would probably bring spooky to its knees.

>  This skin is still a work in progress (and a tan option will be made
>  available soon wish).

The colour is less critical (to me) than the overall layout and
information being presented.  I think the new skin is a useful
improvement; I also think you'll meet resistance unless you soon give
people a way to set a preference for their REVU skin (theme) of choice.

There are plans for that in the work, but I just needed to debrownify
it; I felt my life slowly being drowned away in brown.

Good work!


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