Simple Python library to write to public-inbox repos

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EZPI: a simple library to write to public-inbox repos
This is a very simple library that allows writing to public-inbox v2
repositories. Note, that this is not a suitable replacement for
public-inbox in itself -- the goal is merely to provide a way to write
public-inbox repositories that can be cloned, indexed and served from an
actual public-inbox server running elsewhere.

What it does:

- provides a way to add RFC2822 messages to a git repository in a way
  that is compatible with public-inbox

What it doesn't do:

- anything else

What it may do in the future:

- epoch support (optionally, since we want to allow people to publish these to
  places that only do single-level repos, like GitHub

For the public-inbox v2 format, see:

- https://public-inbox.org/public-inbox-v2-format.html

The ``git`` command must exist and be in your path.

Install from pypi::

  pip install ezpi

Library usage
This is the simplest usage example:

.. code-block:: python

  from email.message import EmailMessage
  from ezpi import add_rfc822

  msg = EmailMessage()
  msg.set_content('Hello world!')
  # We must have a Subject: and From: headers at least, in order
  # to make a useful git commit with that data
  msg['Subject'] = 'My excellent subject'
  msg['From'] = 'E.X. Ample <example@example.com'>
  # We won't create the repo for you, so run "git init --bare" first
  add_rfc822('example.git', msg)

You can also pass bytes instead of an EmailMessage object, but we must
be able to run message_from_bytes() on it.

ezpi command
We also provide an ezpi command::

    usage: main.py [-h] [-r REPO] [-d] [-q] [-v] [--rfc822] [-f HDR_FROM] [-s HDR_SUBJ] [-p]
                   [--domain DOMAIN]

    optional arguments:
      -h, --help            show this help message and exit
      -r REPO, --repo REPO  Bare git repository where to write the commit (must exist) (default: None)
      -d, --dry-run         Do not write the commit, just show the commit that would be written. (default:
      -q, --quiet           Only output errors to the stdout (default: False)
      -v, --verbose         Show debugging output (default: False)
      --rfc822              Treat stdin as an rfc822 message (default: False)
      -f HDR_FROM, --from HDR_FROM
                            From header for the message, if not using --rfc822 (default: None)
      -s HDR_SUBJ, --subject HDR_SUBJ
                            Subject header for the message, if not using --rfc822 (default: None)
      -p, --run-post-commit-hook
                            Run hooks/post-commit after a successful commit (if present) (default: False)
      --domain DOMAIN       Domain to use when creating message-ids (default: None)


  ezpi -r path/to/example/git/0.git --rfc822 < valid.eml

How to delete messages?
Since every message is a separate commit to the git repository, deleting
requires a git history rewrite. You will need to find the commit with
the message you want to delete and perform operations directly on the
git repository in order to delete that commit and rebase the ones that
follow. Once it's done, you will need to force-push the repository to
wherever it is hosted.

Caution: if anyone is replicating your repository without --mirror, the
history rewrite will result in an error the next time they do "git
remote update". Needless to say, they will be very interested in finding
out what it is you just tried to delete, so use this as the last resort

Problems? Patches?
Email ~monsieuricon/public-inbox@lists.sr.ht

(That's a different kind of public-inbox. Unfortunately, there's a name
collision, but I believe public-inbox.org had that claimed earlier.)