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IPS System Messages in ACP


Rheddy

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I noticed something strange. WhileI have grown accustomed to seeing these IPS messages whenever IPS releases a patch, update or software upgrade, these messages appear within our ACP. It's one way I'm able to stay on top of software updates and patches. However, is it really necessary to just "mass message" every IPS client for software updates that we don't have a license to?

What I mean is that IPS could surely set up these IPS service messages so that they are only displayed for those licenses that we have subscribed to. I noticed the message regarding a security update to IP.Gallery even though I don't have a license to that package and that I have never had a license to it. Surely, IPS could fine-tune these system messages to correspond only to those who have an active license or if you have previously held a license to that package.

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I believe they still send those messages even if your license is expired which would be the same thing as not having it at all.

it seems they are just doing it to cover their butt so people can't say they werent warned. I thought i remember seeing a suggestion of being able to dismiss this message, which might come around later down the road.

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The ACP message system is an extremely basic system and unfortunately does not support what you are describing at this time. It's something we can consider in the future however. :)

Right now, your ACP just makes a request to a specific file on our server to see if there is a message or not, and if so displays it. There is no meta data available to filter by product, expiration, etc. etc. - it's literally just a small txt file with some text in it to display.

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Well, it does sound like something that IPS should consider in the near future to fine-tune those messages so that they only go out to those who have a current active license or who have previously had a license to that particular addon for the community suite. I just found it odd that this was the first time I had received a warning indicator regarding IP.Gallery and the fact that I have never purchased IP.Gallery was just odd that, all of a sudden, I now get the message.

But, I do think that the IPS System Messages should be fine-tuned so that only those with that particular option for the community suite receive those messages.

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I'm sure IPS is already planning it out. For the most part I think it should be easy. Read a file, json decode, loop through for generic messages and then loop through for app specific messages. If you have the app installed or if your license (internally cached) has the app attached, you see message. Although I think it should be optional to filter out those messages because what if you have the apps on one site but not another? When signing into an ACP, you see the notification and you know that you need to do an update for the other site instead of possibly not knowing because you don't need need to go into the ACP of the other site for several days or longer.

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