December 15, 2021 by Drew DeVault

What's cooking on SourceHut? December 2021

Hello and happy holidays! I hope that our 26,246 member userbase is enjoying the cold weather (or the warm weather, in the south). Remember to remind the people you work with on SourceHut, and others besides, that you care about them. We have many new users this month, and I hope you will extend them the same kindness and patience which you remember from your own first steps on SourceHut.

This month’s public Mumble meeting will take place tomorrow at 10:00 UTC in the usual place, in the sourcehut room. This time, I called for suggestions for an agenda on — now would be an opportune time to add your own suggestions if you haven’t already.

Towards the beginning of this month, we announced, a hosted IRC bouncer for SourceHut users. Please give it a shot if you haven’t yet. Simon has been hard at work improving it further still since the launch, and mainly making improvements to usability and fixing bugs. The next major development will be the introduction of the REGISTER extension, which we will follow-up on by writing patches for the rest of the IRC ecosystem to help nudge adoption along, alongside our other IRC standardization work.

Thanks to Robin Jarry’s patches, you can now reference and close tickets on from your commits using standard git trailers. Check out the docs for details. Robin was very patient with my demands for this patchset — thanks Robin!

Ignas Kiela has also taken it upon themselves to spend more time improving SourceHut monitoring and performance, landing patches throughout SourceHut this month to improve our metrics and using the information derived from these improved metrics to guide his work in patches. Thanks, Ignas, keep it up!

The planned writable GraphQL API release for is taking longer than anticipated, and will require a couple more weeks still. is one of the most complex services on SourceHut, and getting every little interaction right is a fair bit of work. It’s not helped by the fact that we’re slowing down a bit to rest at the end of the year — sorry for the wait.

You can now upload more than one artifact to a git tag at the same time. Adnan Maolood has also helped to refine the vcs-autodiscovery specification, alongside ~ancarda, and implemented it both in and, to provide a standard means of accessing forge-related metadata for git repositories.

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