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Use Extensions rather than create new bots #956

lswith opened this issue Jul 3, 2019 · 5 comments


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commented Jul 3, 2019

Feature Request

Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.
I have found much of the functionality for a bot I require to be in multiple bots. It would be nice to be able to use 1 bot instead of having to install 10 for 1 repository.

Describe the solution you'd like
I suggest that Probot enable extensions rather than creating new bots, as a way for users to get the functionality they require. Each Extension can have its own separate config on a per repository basis.

Describe alternatives you've considered
Installing each bot I wish to use. This is not what I am after.

Teachability, Documentation, Adoption, Migration Strategy
If you can, explain how users will be able to use this and possibly write out a version the docs.
Maybe a screenshot or design?


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commented Jul 3, 2019

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commented Jul 3, 2019

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commented Jul 3, 2019

The idea to combine multiple apps easily into one came up before, but we never came up with a good design. It's not a priority right now, but I’d be interested on if we can come up with a simple API design. I think people should be able to install other probot apps as dependency and then just require them as modules. I wouldn’t try to reinvent the wheel but built upon Node’s existing APIs


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commented Jul 3, 2019

I definitely agree. Looking at prow and how they manage their plugin api for consuming webhooks, I'd say something like there's could work here.

For scope:

  • each plugin has its own configuration file that determines if the plugin is being used or not. If the configuration file is not present, the plugin doesn't run.
  • each plugin simply registers itself on the app for the appropriate webhooks

One more thing to note is that Prow registers a help method for each plugin so that anyone can go to a UI and learn how to configure each plugin.


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commented Sep 1, 2019

This issue has been automatically marked as stale because it has not had recent activity. It will be closed if no further activity occurs. Thank you for your contributions.

@stale stale bot added the wontfix label Sep 1, 2019

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