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Mail headers for automated package maintenance emails



Hi,

following a suggestion from Bug #479953[1] there are two new headers defined
for automated package maintenance emails, to make it easier for
Developers to filter mail from all the various tools in Debian sending
mail.

The headers follow the definition in the following few points:

a. Every tool can add X-whatever headers as it sees fit, but do not
   bloat the mails unneccesarily.

b. Every tool sending automated mail to Debian Developers should add
   headers of the form

     X-Debian: $TOOL
     X-Debian-Package: $PACKAGE

   and so clearly mark that it is an automagic generated mail by
   $TOOL and about $PACKAGE. Every bit more information, like what
   script exactly did generate the mail, should be in seperate
   X-whatever headers or the mail body.

   The X-Debian-Package: header can be omitted if it is not possible to
   name a specific source package for a mail, like when the mail is
   about multiple packages.


As a starting point, and as one tool generating lots of mail to
maintainers, DAK is already generating both headers, other tools
hopefully follow soon.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=479953

-- 
bye, Joerg
* libpng2 no libpng3 no why ? because no yes no yes no yes bullshit no yes
  no yes no yes stop ? no when someday beep beep beep beep (Closes: #157011)
 -- Christian Marillat <marillat@debian.org>  Thu, 29 Aug 2002 16:41:58 +0200

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