CIA going down: KGB wants your commits!

Charles Davis cdavis5x at
Thu Sep 27 20:24:19 CDT 2012

On Sep 27, 2012, at 5:10 PM, Austin English wrote:

> -- 
> -Austin
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> From: Martín Ferrari < at>
> Date: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM
> Subject: CIA going down: KGB wants your commits!
> To: debian-project at, Debian Developers
> <debian-devel at>
> Hi there!
> Not to "to knock 'em when they're down", but since it seems that the
> service has officially closed recently (cannot find exactly when did that
> happen), I think it's worthwhile offering this little project we (dam@,
> gregoa@, and me) have since a few years ago, called KGB (ha-ha).
> It's a very simple and dumb client-server architecture: IRC bots running in
> our personal servers listen for SOAP messages sent by kgb-clients called
> from post-commit hooks in repos out there. The bot just relays and formats
> a message, nothing fancier than that.
> So, if you're looking for a simple IRC notification of your commits, this
> might be of help.
I'd like to put forward another alternative, from the guy who maintained the CIA scripts for git:

(Yeah, that ESR.)

After the CIA announcement, he rushed to get it out as a replacement, though he's seen this coming and has been working on this for quite some time. It's even backwards-compatible (to some extent) with CIA: it can take XML-RPC notifications sent by CIA clients.

Just making sure you evaluate all your options. :) Oh, and personally, I wouldn't trust anything associated with the KGB. (Just kidding... ;)


> You can either run your own bot (debian package kgb-bot), or use ours. As
> for the client, alioth does not have it installed, but you can run it off
> /home/groups/kgb. There's a sample configuration there too. In
> /home/groups/pkg-perl/meta/pkg-perl-post-receive you can see how to use it
> from a post-commit hook.
> If you rather use our bots, we'll need you to provide: a project/repository
> name, an IRC channel, and a password (used to avoid spam, not really
> secure).
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> Martín Ferrari
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