Improving trac notifications

Matthew Pickering matthewtpickering at
Wed Jan 20 13:15:33 UTC 2016

I attach a patch which should improve the notifications.

Here is an example of the new output.


On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Matthew Pickering
<matthewtpickering at> wrote:
> Have you had any chance to think about this yet Herbert?
> Matt
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 6:44 PM, Ben Gamari <ben at> wrote:
>> Ben Gamari <ben at> writes:
>>> Matthew Pickering <matthewtpickering at> writes:
>>>> I subscribe to the ghc-tickets[1] mailing list which provides updates
>>>> to all trac tickets. This is very useful, however when a ticket
>>>> description is updated the whole description is included in the email
>>>> which makes it hard to see what actually changed. The web interface
>>>> shows a nice diff[2] of the changes, I think it would be good if
>>>> emails could also include a diff rather than the current quite useless
>>>> output.
>>> I think this would be a great improvement. I, for one, am quite guilty
>>> of incrementally editing ticket descriptions and the current email
>>> notifications are nearly useless in this case.
>>>> After a bit of investigation, it appears that the easiest way to
>>>> achieve this is apply a simple patch to our copy of trac. The current
>>>> format is hard coded on line 558 in this module, it seems easy to
>>>> modify this section to instead provide a diff.
>>> Herbert, perhaps we could do something along these lines?
>> Ping.
>> Cheers,
>> - Ben
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