message-processing db notifications

David Lee t.d.lee at
Thu May 7 09:24:42 IST 2009

On Wed, 6 May 2009, Julian Field wrote:

> On 06/05/2009 15:18, David Lee wrote:
>> [...]
>> Historically, these notification settings were originally concerned with 
>> virus processing but are now, in effect, being deployed beyond that 
>> original scope.
>> I can see two reasonably straightforward resolutions:
>>  1. Adjust comments in MS.conf to include expanded scope.
>>  2. Consider different sets of notification definitions for different
>>     classes of events: e.g. existing set 'as-is' for viruses;  a new set
>>     for the message-db; (then another new set for the next feature, etc.).
>> The first is very easy for you to implement, but imposes a "one size has to 
>> fit all" behaviour.  The second allows a site to tailor different 
>> notification levels for different classes of events.  (Might some sort of 
>> 'ruleset'-like capability assist?)
> How about I just make it test to see if "Send Notices = yes" instead, and not 
> send the message if it's set to "no"?

(Oops.  I intended, but forgot, to type that into the "1. Adjust comments" 
part of my original email.)

It might be worth letting this one simmer in background for a few days as 
we mull it over.

For instance, we are a "Send Notices = no" site for viruses.  But for 
other sorts of functionality, such as this new msg-db, we would like to be 
a "Send Notices = yes" site.  And other sites might want other variants, 
such as "yes" in both cases but with different recipients.  And then in a 
few months time, MS might get an additional new class of functionality 
(just as msg-db is new now) with other possible variants.

Hence my idle wondering about something ruleset-like.  (I was trying to 
avoid suggesting yet more options directly in MS.conf!)

I'll try to give it some thought over the next few days.


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