I'm looking at the update process for DLAs on the main website again. In #859122, I've mentioned that I have, again, updated the MR to include all DLAs up to DLA-1657-1. The www team folks tell me they will review that this weekend.
But that mass-import process is kind of clunky: every time I need to download the entire archive, extract it, parse every email, and add the diff. It's slow and error prone and not automated, of course. So I'm bringing back the topic of how we should automate this. If I remember correctly, the current proposal is to add this as part of the workflow for LTS developers: when you send the announcement on the list, you also send a merge request on the website. This would get reviewed and merged by another LTS developer with access to the webwml repository: https://salsa.debian.org/webmaster-team/webwml/project_members At least me and Holger have those accesses for now, and I would suggest people who do regular frontdesk work could make sure those MR are reviewed and merged in a timely manner as well. Would that work for everyone here? If so, we can *already* start with that process, which would actually look like this. One time setup: git clone https://salsa.debian.org/webmaster-team/webwml cd webwml salsa fork Each time there's a new DLA: ./bin/gen-DLA --save $CHANGES # correctly claim the DLA $EDITOR DLA-XXXX-Y # make sure the text is okay, like you normally # do before the email gets sent mutt -H DLA-XXXX-Y # send the email cd ~/src/webwml/english/security git checkout -b DLA-XXXX-Y ./parse-dla.pl ~-/DLA-XXXX-Y git add 2019/DLA-XXX-Y* $EDITOR 2019/DLA-XXXX-Y* # make sure everything looks good git add 2019/DLA-XXX-Y* git commit -m'DLA-XXXX-Y advisory' git push -u origin salsa mr (Note: that "salsa" command is a new one shipped with devscripts. I only read the manpage and didn't actually test that. :) Unfortunately, once the MR is created, there's no magic command to merge it for reviewers... Seems like this needs to be done through the web interface.) I'd be happy if someone sat down and actually tested that procedure. The alternative, of course, is to setup "something" that would automatically parse emails to email@example.com but I suspect that could be much more brittle than a manual operation like the above, even if it means slightly more work. Thank you for your attention. A. -- Hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. - Ursula Le Guin