A minimalistic SVN poller implementation delivering IRC notifications via irkerd.
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A generic SVN poller script that reads from a SVN repository and delivers notifications to an irkerd(1) server running on localhost.

This script requires no configuration. See irker-svnpoller --help for command line usage information.


This is a mail filter script that reads an email message from stdin, matches it against rulesets intended for SVN commit mailing lists, and invokes irker-svnpoller for matching messages. This is primarily intended as a stopgap solution for projects using SVN repositories where installing or reconfiguring hooks is not possible, but still have a commits mailing list to which new accounts can be subscribed.

It supports multiple projects, each one associated to a unique mailing list and SVN repository. Notifications may be delivered to a single channel, or to multiple channels, and they may even be delivered to additional channels for specific authors.

It is primarily intended for use with procmail(1) or any other method that allows filtering incoming mail through a script.

Example .procmailrc and filter ruleset files are provided in the distribution. Some additional configuration may be required by editing the script if its dependencies are not located on the same location as svnmail-filter itself.

Ruleset file

svnmail-filter rulesets are read from svnmail-rules.json on the same location as the script itself with the default configuration.

Rulesets are objects associated to individual mailing list addresses:

    "commit-mailing-list-1@example.org": { <mailing list rules object> },
    "commit-mailing-list-2@example.org": { <mailing list rules object> },

svnmail-filter will only process email coming from the configured addresses. Each address is associated to an object describing how to process incoming mail from it, including the SVN repository to poll from, and the channels to which notifications will be delivered.

These objects are structured as follows:

    "pattern": <regular expression>,
    "project": <project id string>,
    "repository": <repository URI string>,
    "channels" : { <channel delivery rules object> }
  • pattern: A regular expression pattern used to capture the SVN revision number from email subjects. The first group (parentheses) is captured and assumed to be a valid revision number.

    Since the subject format varies across different repositories and mailing lists, you will most certainly need to specify different patterns for different addresses.

    Note that backslashes in escape sequences (as in \[project name\] to match literal brackets) need to be escaped for JSON too, e.g. \\project name\\].

  • project: The project id/name used for irkerd notifications via irker-svnpoller.

  • repository: The URI for the SVN repository. Commit logs are pulled from this URI. It must be an authentication-free repository, usually using the http:// or svn:// transports.

  • channels: An object containing channel delivery rules.

        "*": [
        "individual-author@example.com": [
        "author-email-username": [

    Each entry is associated to an author match pattern, which must be either * (for all authors), a complete author email address, or just the username portion of an email address. Commits are delivered to the lists of channels specified for each match.

    It is possible for a commit to match multiple rules. For example, a commit reported to the mailing list for john@example.com will match the *, john@example.com, and john rules at the same time, and notifications will be delivered to all channels specified for each one.