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From "Erik Drolshammer (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (CONTINUUM-1823) Fewer notifications when Subversion server is unreachable
Date Mon, 21 Jul 2008 06:09:26 GMT
Fewer notifications when Subversion server is unreachable 

                 Key: CONTINUUM-1823
             Project: Continuum
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Erik Drolshammer

By default Continuum sends notifications when the state of a project changes, so two consecutive
build failures will result in only one email. However, when the build failure is caused by
an unreachable Subversion server a notification is sent every hour, for every project (See
output below). This resulted in approx. 1500 emails in my ci-folder after the weekend. Which,
imho, is a bit unfortunate. 

Would it be possible to adopt the principle advocated by TestNG; that this is caused by a
_single_ failure and all other failures are derived failures which are given the status SKIPPED
in TestNG terminology? 

In other words, I propose the following extension: 

Create a list of SCM-repositories known to Continuum. 
Run a simple availability test on each of these and set status "OK" or "Unavailable".  
Projects that use an unavailable repository can thus be SKIPPED until the repository is available
The repository test can be run e.g. once an hour (preferable configurable) and should only
send notifications when the state changes. 

Further, it would be nice if it was possible to set up a list of notifiers separate from the
project notifiers like it is for projects now. It would typically be interesting for system
administrators to subscribe to email notifications for unavailable SCM repo. (A cheap surveillance

Build Error:
Provider message: The svn command failed.
Command output: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/svn/projectName/trunk/'
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn/projectName/trunk/': could not connect to server (

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