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This page gives some hints on how to administer Hermes.

If you need further assistance (and you probably will ;-) do not hesitate to ask in IRC on freenode in the boosters channel #opensuse-boosters.

Configuration File

Hermes needs a config file which is /etc/hermes.conf Make sure to edit it properly. See Hermes Hacking for more information about it.


Hermes provides several ways to deliver messages to the user. They are configured in the database in table deliveries. Changes to it have to be done via the mysql shell currently.

Hermes checks the name on which delivery sub routine to call. The following delivery types are recognised currently:

Delivery Type What it means
mail Send per electronic mail
jabber notifies through the jabber protocoll
RSS creates a RSS feed
HTTP lets Hermes call an url for you
Twitter calls the twitter API

Note that one can administer more than one deliveries of each type, for example one called Twitter_openSUSE and another called Twitter_SLE. The important thing is that the string Twitter (case insensitive) appears in the name.

Delivery Attributes

In order to specify important additional information for each of the delivery types, there is the concept of delivery attributes which can be specified. The following attributes are considered for the delivery types:

Delivery Type Attribute What it means
mail send_signed_mails set it to make Hermes signing the mails before sending. Be aware of security issues and performance gaps.
HTTP url specify the url of the url to call. The url string can contain Template variables.
Twitter access_token the twitter API access token
Twitter access_token_secret the twitter API access secret
Twitter user_id the twitter API user id
Twitter screen_name the twitter API display name
Twitter consumer_key the twitter API consumer key
Twitter consumer_secret the twitter API consumer secret

The attributes still have to be created manually in the database into table delivery_attributes.