[Tracker-discuss] [issue164] System message mail

Martin v. Löwis metatracker at psf.upfronthosting.co.za
Wed Oct 17 08:07:04 CEST 2007

Martin v. Löwis added the comment:

Apparently, I did not make myself clear, either. I do fully understand what the
old and the new behavior is. The issue here seems to be that the new behavior is
slightly different from what Paul describes: in the new behavior, the trailing
indicators may be empty in certain cases, which is apparently what Guido
complains about (not that they say "System message", not that they are generated
in the first place, but that that they *simply* say "System message" and nothing

Such messages should indeed not be generated, IMO; it's a plain bug that they
are. Either there is a change, then the nature of the change should be
documented in the system message, or there is no change, then no system message
should be generated.

I also speculated about what the cause for these empty system messages is,
namely, that the only change was to the list of attached files, and the system
message failed to document that this was the change. I proposed to suppress them
for the near future. In the longer term, the system message should be generated,
even if only the attached files change. It then should include added files as an
attachment; removed files should be documented with a text such as "removed
file", or "-fileXXX".

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