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Re: Data access for the PTS (Was: Re: Bug#348971: qa.debian.org: please consider converting PTS to a CSS layout)

On Wed, 01 Mar 2006, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> Erm, I didn't want to do that, because it'll open up base/ for everyone
> to crawl, including spambots. And all the mails are there without any
> headers removed, including internal PTS addresses that should not be
> exposed, to avoid spam causing havoc.

Right, but we could filter out most of the headers and keep only the few
that we care about. This shouldn't be too difficult. Most mails published
in the PTS are also published somewhere else (debian-devel-changes lists
archives, gmane, google groups, ...) so in fact we should care only about
the PTS internal adresses.

> whole world, if we'd really do it this way. By the way, exposing this
> also means that changing the format might now suddenly also break
> external programs, while previously, changing the format was no problem
> at all. 

Sure, but well, that's life. We'll just say it clearly: this is internal
stuff that you can use, but it may thus evolve over time !

It's not a big deal for little home made scripts. :)

Raphaël Hertzog

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