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Re: spam (Re: Bug#202373: traitor offstage)

On Fri, 20 Jul 2007, Oleg Verych wrote:
> When i looking trough say 1024 messages in bug-dist, all i have are
> lines with author, subject, data. The Subject have bug number and
> what was set in it by author. Sometimes wordings there are not
> attractive without context. And the big one will be the package name
> there. E.g. i don't care for "Subject: Bug#OMEGA patch" for ncurses,
> but care for SLang, etc.

If you don't care about specific packages, then you don't want to read
-dist; you want to subscribe to the PTS for those specific packages
(or otherwise filter -dist appropriately.)

> Again, this is optimization thing, not necessarily suitable for
> skilled developers with bts tool and by-package MLs with less
> traffic. But i've found more efficient to check one place for bugs
> reports. Other on-topic MLs are for discussions like this one.

I'm still not certain what your use case is; if you're looking for
information on a specific package, bugs.debian.org is the place to
look. If you want to know about a certain error string,
bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/search.cgi is far more accurate than google or
gmane. If you just want to see the bugs scroll by, then that's about
what -dist is useful for... but then you have to filter it out
yourself if you want it filtered.

> Also reducing size of header "X-Debian...: pkgname" to just pkgname
> in Subject is a little size optimization.

Size optimization isn't the point; the point is utility. It's much
easier to filter based on discrete headers than Subject:, especially
when Subject: foo pkg breaks bar pkg makes things even more useless.

> One more thing about size, if you permit. Why empty headers are
> added? It's a waste IMHO.

What empty headers?

Don Armstrong

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