GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 726053
paste service: either configurable or distro-agnostic default
Last modified: 2015-10-02 14:57:54 UTC
Currently, Polari has the feature to pass multi line pastes from polari down to a paste.x.x service, which is actually welcome.
The default points to paste.fedoraproject.org; I'm in no way trying to put any negativ connotation on that, it's a valid choice.
But it is understandable that various distributions would prefer to 'personalize' this, pointing to their own service (with own branding).
- The service should become configurable.
+ This implies that we need to clearly define which APIs we expect from a web serivce. Now all paste.* are based on the same code and the functionality largely differs. In a later step it might be worthy to be able to support more than a single paste codebase (currently polari relies on sticky-notes - http://sayakb.github.io/sticky-notes/ )
* Introduce a paste.gnome.org: this would mean it's distribution agnostic ('GNOME' being the upstream of the code anyway; Polari runs as a GNOME Project after all).
(In reply to comment #0)
> Currently, Polari has the feature to pass multi line pastes from polari down to
> a paste.x.x service, which is actually welcome.
This feature was mentioned on #debian-gnome. If the redirection to pastebin is done automatically, as it appears to be, then I don't think this is appropriate to be on-by-default, because not every IRC server (and not every channel on an IRC server) is public.
As one example, if I paste an excessively large blob of text into #secret-business-plans on ircs://irc.mycompany.com, I have a reasonable expectation that it will only be seen by people with access to that channel - channel members, the server's sysadmin, and nobody else (unless they can break TLS). Regardless of whether I'm annoying my colleagues by breaking normal IRC netiquette, it's still a confidentiality breach to have it published on a public pastebin.
(Other examples of confidential things that are likely to be said on IRC include details of embargoed security vulnerabilities, for instance.)
*Offering* to redirect to a pastebin, great; redirecting automatically, not so much.
Wholeheartedly agree with what Simon said.
(In reply to comment #2)
> Wholeheartedly agree with what Simon said.
Looks like we stole this bug when there is bug #722011 :-) This one is about being able to configure the default pastebin service, not about asking for confirmation before sending things to a pastebin.
The following fix has been pushed:
de091df utils: Use paste.gnome.org as paste service
Created attachment 312569 [details] [review]
utils: Use paste.gnome.org as paste service
We only use the most basic functionality for uploading text to an
external paste service, so any paste service does the job for us
and fpaste is as good as any other from a technical point of view.
However politically it is problematic to use a service that is
provided by a specific distro, so pick a more neutral option with
the newly set up paste.gnome.org.