Sunday, September 2, 2018

When to bump version numbers

With Hamza I have been thinking about when to update our files. We are at the beginning of September so the version 18.8 is no longer correct, is it? Should I change the version numbers in those files to 18.9 already now? But what if there will be no release at all in September?

Hamza: We could say that we publish version at the end of the month. Version 18.9 then means Lino versions released after the work of the 09 month has been done, not before.

Luc: The problem is that maybe there is no reason at all to do a release for a given month. I think we should do a release only when there is a new feature that is worth doing the effort.

Hamza: Ok, yes. We do a new release of each new milestone.

Luc: one problem then is: what is a milestone?

Hamza: Maybe for at least 3 months would be more reasonable.

Luc: Currently I guess that there will be a release in September because of the new accounting report I am working on…

Hamza: … and official support for Python 3 and Django 2.

Luc: Yes, there is hope that this will be done before end of September. But “hope” does not mean that we will actually get there. Maybe it will be finished only in October.

I would now say: let’s leave the 18.8 in our files until we really started the next release.

Hamza: Ok I think its the best idea.

How to test database migrations

At the moment we are just playing (as long as there is nobody providing stable hosting), but I would like to start playing seriously. I opened ticket #2522.

Sphinxfeed not publishing to RSS feed

I noticed that the RSS feeds of my blogs have been empty for the last week. That was because when restoring my virtualenvs (after I upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04) I accidentally installed the official version of sphinxfeed. I had forgotten that I use my own fork of this project.

In August 2016 I submitted an upstream pull request to have the official version support what I want to have, but so far there is no reaction to this. The maintainer is Fergus Doyle. I guess that this is his homepage. I can imagine that he did this project once in his young years and that life went on and now he has not much motivation to maintain it.

Now I did yet another new feature: add posts to RSS only when publication time is after current time. This fixes my following problem: Many RSS readers do not check whether an item they have imported earlier has been updated meanwhile. This is a problem for me because I tend to run inv bd several times a day on my blogs. So once a follower has downloaded the first version of a blog entry they won’t see any update. OTOH I want to publish at least on my website (not necessarily in the RSS feed) several times per day. I could add the :date: field only when I really finished the day, but I know myself: I will forget this. I fixed this by introducing a new rule: blog posts which do have a publication date are still not published if that date is after today. And if they don’t have a publication time specified, sphinxfeed assumes “23:59” as the time. As a result, I now can run inv bd as often as I want, Tonis and Hamza get the latest version when they point their browser to my blog, but RSS readers get them only the next day.

The change is in b76b753853.

The following were some preliminary tests.

>>> import time
>>> fmt = '%Y-%m-%d %H:%M'
>>> pubdate = "2018-09-02 23:59"
>>> # pubdate = "2018-09-01 23:59"
>>> pd = time.strptime(pubdate, fmt)
>>> pd  #doctest: +SKIP
time.struct_time(tm_year=2018, tm_mon=9, tm_mday=2, tm_hour=23, tm_min=59, tm_sec=0, tm_wday=6, tm_yday=245, tm_isdst=-1)
>>> time.gmtime()  #doctest: +SKIP
time.struct_time(tm_year=2018, tm_mon=9, tm_mday=2, tm_hour=4, tm_min=35, tm_sec=46, tm_wday=6, tm_yday=245, tm_isdst=0)
>>> pd > time.gmtime()
>>> pd < time.gmtime()

I will try to contact Fergus and ask him about his plans with the sphinxfeed project.