[INN] #101: Advertise overview fields for which the database is consistent

INN rra at stanford.edu
Sun Dec 21 13:18:25 UTC 2008

#101: Advertise overview fields for which the database is consistent
 Reporter:  iulius   |       Owner:  eagle
     Type:  defect   |      Status:  new  
 Priority:  medium   |   Milestone:  2.5.0
Component:  general  |     Version:  2.4.5
 Severity:  normal   |    Keywords:       
 LIST OVERVIEW.FMT is wrong if the news administrator changes the result of
 his overview without rebuilding it (old articles will have bad overview
 information and RFC 3977 states it "MUST NOT include fields for which the
 database is inconsistent").  A finer control on it should be added in

 Russ Allbery suggests the following thing:

 "overview.fmt for one shouldn't be a separate configuration file.  I'd
 been planning, but never got around to, making it instead a list parameter
 in inn.conf using the new configuration syntax; in other words, something

 extraoverview: [ xref, newsgroups ]

 (note the absence of the mandatory fields; there's no reason to make
 people list them in the configuration).

 If we had two configuration parameters, one that lists the fields saved to
 overview and the other listing what to advertise, a news administrator
 could do the right thing.

 It's a lot harder to figure this out automatically inside INN.  You could
 assume that any changes to the list of extra fields aren't consistent
 until all of overview has been rebuilt, I suppose...."

Ticket URL: <http://inn.eyrie.org/trac/ticket/101>
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