[Matplotlib-devel] Planned update to backport bot.

Matthias Bussonnier bussonniermatthias at gmail.com
Tue May 22 13:00:21 EDT 2018

Hi all,

I'm planning an update in the next couple of days/weeks on the bot
responsible for backport.

If all goes fine nothing should change at all, there is no action needed
from your part. I'm just giving you a heads up that _if_ things go
sideways, of backport start to fail it's my fault and you can send complain
my way.

Longer version:

Matplotlib use a GitHub integration[1] to automatically backport given PRs.
The bot was primary designed for IPython/Jupyter but matplotlib is making
heavy use of it.
The bot is open you can register your own project if you like, it is hosted
on my heroku account and backport about 10 PRs / week.

One of the limitation of GitHub integrations was requiring push permission
to target repository for backports. This had several disadvantages.

I've implemented a workaround that does not requires push permission, and
will slowly migrate the bot to use the new mechanism, and once everyone is
migrated, I remove the request for push permission.

I'm sure the new code has bugs, so if you see any problem, feel free to let
me know. See [2] for more informations and discussions.

1: https://github.com/MeeseeksBox/MeeseeksDev
2: https://github.com/MeeseeksBox/MeeseeksDev/issues/28
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