What's cooking on Sourcehut? July 2020

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As the unfeeling hand of time drags us relentlessly through its cold
maw, we occasionally spend some of our precious moments writing (or in
your case, reading), monthly status updates on the progress of the
SourceHut alpha. Today is such a day - welcome back! Our audience has
grown by 645 members this month, bringing our total userbase to 16,103.
Please give a hearty welcome to our new peers!

## General news

A short outage for hg.sr.ht is planned to take place sometime in the
next few weeks, as we migrate to a new box.  The plan is outlined on
sr.ht-dev[0], and we expect to experience anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes
where hg.sr.ht is read-only. The final dates will be posted on
status.sr.ht and announced on sr.ht-announce when the plan is finalized.

[0]: https://lists.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/sr.ht-dev/%3CC46HQADCD895.383VE5JFF0N24%40homura%3E

We have also migrate all services to a new markdown engine based on
Mistletoe[1]. If you encounter any
strange Markdown-related problems, please
file a ticket[2] and mention ~araspik. Thank
you for taking on this work, ~araspik! It took several months of effort to
carefully test everything.

[1]: https://github.com/miyuchina/mistletoe
[2]: https://todo.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/sr.ht

I have also completed a lot of system operations work in this past
month. We have planned out improvements to our PostgreSQL strategy[3],
which will enable us to have real-time backups and failover capability.
This is mostly useful for limiting downtime during planned maintanenace,
but is also useful for the long-term goal of high availability.

[3]: https://man.sr.ht/ops/robust-psql.md

## lists.sr.ht

The most exciting development in this round of updates is likely to be
the integration between lists.sr.ht and builds.sr.ht to bring continuous
integration to mailing lists on SourceHut. You may have seen the
announcement on the blog yesterday — give it a read. The tl;dr is that
if you create a project[4] on the project hub, and add a mailing list
and git repositories, it'll automatically submit any patches sent to
your mailing list using the .build.yml (or .build/*.yml) from the
repository. The subject prefix (for example, "[PATCH my-project]") is
used to identify the git repository that the patch is intended for (in
this case, "my-project").

[4]: https://sr.ht/projects/create

Additionally, at the request of Elias Naur, I have added a button to
each patchset and thread in the mailing list archives which will forward
the whole thread to you, so you can reply and comment on patches from
the comfort of your inbox even if you were not subscribed to the mailing
list at the time.

Finally, mailing list deletion has been implemented at long last.

## Project hub

Following the addition of mailing list deletion to lists.sr.ht, the
project hub was updated to support removing mailing lists and, if you so
desire, deleting entire projects.

## builds.sr.ht

Routine build image updates:

- NixOS images have received robustness updates (thanks Francesco
- Ubuntu 18.10 and 19.04 has been removed, following their deprecation
- Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy) has been added as ubuntu/next
- Alpine 3.8 has been removed, following its deprecation upstream
- FreeBSD 11.x has been upgraded to FreeBSD 11.4
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