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Savannah User Interface Changes

Item posted by Mathieu Roy <yeupou> on Wed 26 Nov 2003 01:28:55 PM UTC.

As promised in the previous news item, here comes a list of changes in the user interface:

"My" area

- Information related to the groups the user belongs to is now
on a specific "My Groups" page, reachable via the left menu

- Request for Inclusion: a user can request directly via the=20
interface (on "My Groups" page) to join project. A mail will
be sent to the administrators of that project and they
will have to approve or disapprove the request.

- You can choose to "watch" other members of your project by
selecting the option on the "view members" link of your
project's main area. This has the effect of your getting copies
of all mail notifications a watched user receives (so, it is
useful, if you want to replace somebody who is on holiday).
Watched users and users watching you will be listed on your
personal page.

"Search" area

- The wildcard * is now accepted in the search queries

- Results for queries on groups and users are now printed in
alphabetical order by default.

"Trackers" area

- The trackers (bugs/support/task/patch) share now a common
configurable interface (the one from the original bug tracker
contributed by Laurent Julliard) . Now every tracker item
can have attached files, Carbon-Copy mail, notification list...

- Items can be reassigned between trackers ( e.g. you can move
a support request to the bug tracker) and even between projects
(e.g. in case of an item submitted to a wrong project)

- A tracker Item can have a dependency on any other item in any of
the trackers. This includes items belonging to other projects.

- Mail notification lists can be configured, so that e.g. you can
have notifications for certain item categories only be sent to
special users.

"Projects Administration" area

- Roles of the members of projects have been renamed and
they underwent some change in their properties:

* project administrators have the same privileges: They can
manager members, configure tools for the project

* trackers have now 'managers' (called previously
'administrators') who are the only persons allowed to change
the item status (open/close), the assignment and the priority of
They cannot configure the trackers, their role is managing
the workflow.

* trackers still have 'technicians': these members can be
assigned items and can update all fields of an item except
for the ones mentioned in the 'managers' section above.

Only project administrators will see the top menu
containing the project administration. These links now only
lead to pages to administrate/configure the tools of the project.
All links related to the management of items can now be found in the
public area.

- On the page where tools can be (de)activated you can select to
provide an URL instead of the default Savannah service. So you
may choose to have your project homepage or the file download
area somewhere else.

- On the member management page, it is possible to add a user
by first doing a search on his name and then choosing from the
query results.

- Members permission configuration is now more subtle than it
* If you do not set any permissions, user will get the
default for the Group Type your group belongs
to (e.g. "non-GNU" defaults).
* You can set default permissions for your group that every
member will get by default (effectively overriding the Group Type
* You can still set permissions on a per user basis, overriding
all defaults.

Regarding the "Download" links. (posted by Mathieu Roy, Tue 02 Dec 2003 01:25:21 PM UTC)

The flag (de)activating this menu entry was used previously very differently, and in many case your download menu entry probably got considered as off.

If you want to reactivate that link, go in your project administration area / edit active features.

For gnus mailreader users (posted by Mathieu Roy, Thu 27 Nov 2003 09:18:36 AM UTC)

If you use bbdb, you should consider set bbdb/mail-auto-create-p as this:

(setq bbdb/mail-auto-create-p 'bbdb-ignore-some-messages-hook)

and finally add the following:

(setq bbdb-ignore-some-messages-alist
'(("From" . "MAILER-DAEMON\\|.*noreply.*")))

Otherwise, your bbdb database may become pretty messy due to mails automatically sent by Savannah.



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