[Tracker-discuss] [issue164] System message mail

Guido van Rossum metatracker at psf.upfronthosting.co.za
Wed Oct 17 18:30:04 CEST 2007

Guido van Rossum added the comment:

On 10/16/07, Martin v. Löwis <metatracker at psf.upfronthosting.co.za> wrote:
> 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
> else).

Right. Though it would also be helpful if the user who made the change
(if there is one) is named as the sender. And instead of "System
message" it could say something like "Attribute change". But these are
minor -- I wouldn't have brought this up if there weren't system
messages without change indicators.

> 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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