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Re: Let's move to ddtp.debian.org - mail interface

On mercoledì 06 dicembre 2017, at 04:43 +0100, Martin Eberhard Schauer wrote:
> > What about mail interface? Does somebody still using it?
> > Do we need it?
> Please don't skip the mail interface. It is very helpful for understaffed
> "teams" like the german one (basically me).
> I don't use the mail interface to get new work to translate. I use it for
> trivial changes in my point of view.
> Over all, i think that the mail interface is a powerful tool, but dangerous
> as well. $(random contributor) has direct access without review. Perhaps the
> access to it should be coupled to a DDTP account.

Hi all,

the Italian team is not using the mail interface at all. We asked for
it to be disabled due to the lack of a review process. If the access
was somehow restricted it could probably be useful. It could even be
more useful if it could be really integrated with the DDTSS system and
have the translations done by email go for review in the web interface.

> A nice feature before the move to ddtp2.debian.net was the automatic answer
> to submissions. It showed errors in the files submitted and contained a
> direct link to the new database entry. At present one has to open the web
> interface to check whether the translation made it into the DB and if the
> encoding is ok. According to file(1) I send "UTF-8 Unicode English text,
> with very long lines". Sometimes I forget to change "Description-de:" to
> "Description-de.UTF-8:" and get garbage. The mail digestion routine relys on
> this instead of checking the file type of the attachment.

Eons ago, when I used the mail interface (no DDTSS yet), I used a tool
called ddtc. I see the package is still included in Debian. It took
care of many things, including the encoding, and sending the mails to
the server in the right format. I have no idea if it still works with
the system we have now, but maybe you can take a look at it.


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