Version 4 (modified by Jeff Hammel, 11 years ago) (diff)


turn repository hooks into pluggable extension points

This plugin has only been tested with SVN's post-commit hook. Additional work may be required to get this to work with other SCMs or other SVN hooks. Please contact the author or open a ticket if you need additional functionality for this plugin (contributors also welcome). If you're looking for plugins that work with SVN hooks, you might also try the SvnChangeListenerPlugin or the TracSvnPoliciesPlugin, or perhaps the contributed trac post-commit hook is sufficient for your purposes.


The RepositoryHookSystemPlugin is designed to turn repository hooks, such as SVN's post-commit hook, into extension points so that arbitrary trac plugins may be built that have full access to the trac framework to act on repository commits.

  • the RepositoryHookSystemPlugin provides an extension point (!IRepositoryHookSubscriber) which may be populated with configurable hooks that have access to their trac environment
  • the RepositoryHookSystemPlugin is able to enable and disable its presence in the SVN hooks directory without affecting other plugins
  • has a webadmin interface for configuring hooks including figuring out whether or not the plugin has been enabled on a per-project basis
  • plugins can be enabled on a per-hook basis
  • the listeners are invoked via a command-line call from one of the repository hooks. This is a one-line command that passes whatever details are necessary to identify the changeset.
  • a trac changeset object is used to pass around information. This is good, as it avoids unneccessary information to be sought by the RepositoryChangeListeners. For the SvnChangeListenerPlugin (at least as it stands living only in the post-commit hook), this is sufficient. It is unknown whether this is a good idea for other hooks and repository systems. If a unified interface for a changeset object were available, then a changeset object could be "fakeable" if its not available (like it is at SVN post-commit). If not, this is a big conceptual hole. To be investigated.
  • the logic of the RepositoryChangeListeners is agnostic to SCM type and hook used.

Architecture of the RepositoryHookSystemPlugin: source:repositoryhooksystemplugin/0.11/repositoryhooksystem.png

This is similar in concept to the SvnChangeListenerPlugin, but the architecture is also designed to support

  • arbitrary version control systems, with an "adapter" for the version control system used to an implementation capable of hook invocation
  • arbitrary hooks, not just post-commit

[BETA] However, while architected, this plugin has only been tested with SVN and will probably only work with the SVN post-commit hook for now [BETA]. The reason for this is that the RepositoryHookSystemPlugin uses changeset-like objects as a means of passing data. This works for SVN's post-commit-hook, but for other hooks it may be necessary to build or mock a changeset object. I haven't done any work in this direction, though if there is community interest than I would pursue it.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for RepositoryHookSystemPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


Download the zipped source from [download:repositoryhooksystemplugin here].


You can check out RepositoryHookSystemPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.


Example of an SVN post-commit hook file generated by the RepositoryHookSystem that invokes the listener:


# trac repository hook system
/home/jhammel/20080519133401/bin/python /home/jhammel/20080519133401/src/RepositoryHookSystem/repository_hook_system/ -p /home/jhammel/20080519133401/projects/fooocracy -p /home/jhammel/20080519133401/projects/newproj --hook post-commit $2

Recent Changes

7102 by k0s on 2009-11-06 20:03:12
fix comments
7099 by k0s on 2009-11-06 15:51:55
use a blank for the default as ListOption will turn this into an empty list
6999 by k0s on 2009-11-02 15:52:26
wrap file mode operations in try except, fixes #6135


Originally developed at The Open Planning Project

Author: k0s

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