Design philosopy

Points to you if some of this seems familiar from GPSD…

Keep mechanism and policy separate

Mechanism goes in irkerd. Policy goes in

irkerd is intended to be super-simple and completely indifferent to what content passes through it. It doesn’t know, in any sense, that the use-case it was designed for is broadcasting notifications from version control systems. is the part that knows about how to mine data from repositories and sets the format of notifications.

If you think the mechanism needs an option, think again

Because does policy, it takes policy options. Because irkerd is pure mechanism, it shouldn’t need any. If you think it does, you have almost certainly got a bug in your thinking. Fix that before you modify code.

Never configure what you can autoconfigure

Human attention is more expensive than machine time. Humans are careless and failure-prone. Therefore, whenever you make a user tell your code something the code can deduce for itself, you are introducing unnecessary inefficiency and unnecessary failure modes.

This, in particular, is why doesn’t have a repository type switch. It can deduce the repo type by looking, so it should.

Release procedure

  1. Check for merge requests at

  2. Do make pylint to audit the code.

  3. Run irk with a sample message; look at #irker on freenode to verify.

  4. Bump the version numbers in irkerd and

  5. Update the NEWS file

  6. make release

Thanks where due

Alexander van Gessel (AI0867) <> contributed the Subversion support in Since the 1.0 release he has kept as close an eye on the code as the author and has fixed at least as many bugs.

  1. Trevor King <> added SSL/TLS support and did significant refactoring work.

Daniel Franke <> performed a security audit of irkerd.

Georg Brandl <> contributed the Mercurial support in and explained how to make Control-C work right.

Laurent Bachelier <> fixed the Makefile so it wouldn’t break stuff and wrote the first version of the external filtering option.

dak180 (name withheld by request) wrote the OS X launchd plist.

Wulf C. Krueger <> wrote the systemd installation support.

Other people on the freenode #irker channel (Kingpin, fpcfan, shadowm, Rick) smoked out bugs in irkerd before they could seriously bug anybody.