Notifications

One of the useful things you can do with actions is produce notifications.

Defining actions that produce notifications

Typically, whatever actions write to stdout is stored in the log file and perhaps shown to the user. However, actions can also produce structured output if output_type is set on the Action Definition to be notification_v1.

In this case, the action should print yaml to output with the following structure:

notifications:
  - id: action-id
    # Display-related fields
    title: My action
    message: some text about the notification
    rendered: A rendered message string for color terminals
    icon: https://uri/to/icon
    commands:
      - title: A button title
        run: a run command
        run_from: directory to run from
    priority: high # Can be one of low, high (default low)

Some notes:

  1. The ID can be whatever you want it to, but generally should be made to match the action ID.
  2. You may emit multiple notifications per action.
  3. icon and commands are used to control notifications display in VSCode.
  4. High priority notifications are immediately shown to the user in terminal. Low priority
    notifications are only shown every 24 hours (These are configurable).

Deleting notifications

Actions can also clear their own notifications. in this case, make the output looks like this:

notifications_to_delete: [action-id]

If actions produce a notification that is reflective of a current state or something actionable for the user to do, they may clear the notification once that state changes/when the user takes the requested action.

An example

We illustrate the cycle of actions managing their own notifications with the following example.

Consider the built-in action for trunk upgrade - a command that upgrades trunk and a repo's enabled linters to their most recent versions. We'd like to notify the user of new upgrades once a day. Thus our trunk-upgrade-available action definition looks like this:

id: trunk-upgrade-available
output_type: notification_v1
run: trunk upgrade --notify
triggers:
  - schedule: 1h
  - files: [.trunk/trunk.yaml]

trunk upgrade --notify produces a notification that looks like this:

notifications:
  - commands:
      - run: trunk upgrade
        title: Upgrade Trunk
    id: trunk-upgrade
    message: "Upgrades available\n\n  Trunk version 0.17.0-beta\n  10 linter updates\n\nRun trunk upgrade to upgrade all\n or trunk upgrade trunk to just upgrade trunk"
    priority: low
    rendered: "\x1b[1m\x1b[90m\nUpgrades available\x1b[0m\n\x1b[90m\n\x1b[0m• \x1b[90mTrunk version\x1b[0m \x1b[92m0.17.0-beta\x1b[0m\x1b[90m\n\x1b[0m• \x1b[92m11 linter\x1b[0m \x1b[90mupdates\n\x1b[0m\n\x1b[90mRun\x1b[0m\x1b[96m trunk upgrade\x1b[0m\x1b[90m to upgrade all\x1b[0m\x1b[90m\n or\x1b[0m\x1b[96m trunk upgrade trunk\x1b[0m\x1b[90m to just upgrade trunk\x1b[0m\x1b[90m\n\x1b[0m"

If there are no upgrades available, trunk upgrade --notify will produce:

notifications_to_delete: [trunk-upgrade-available]

So in this scenario, the trunk-upgrade-available action runs in the background periodically and produces a notification. The user takes action by running trunk upgrade. Since trunk upgrade modifies .trunk/trunk.yaml, this will again trigger the trunk-upgrade-available action (due to the file trigger). Since there is nothing else to upgrade, trunk upgrade --notify will produce output telling trunk to delete its notification. Now, the user is no longer shown a notification about available upgrades!


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