Working around gmail’s threading (nagios, git, etc.)

If you’ve ever tried to use your gmail account for some sysadmin-type work (and you’re not using an external email client), you know how frustrating gmail’s threading rules are. The Problem: prodv-vm-22 is down messages gets displayed in a separate thread from the OK: prod-vm-22 is back up one. That’s because gmail’s clients (both web and mobile) ignore the traditional email headers used for indicating what goes where in a thread and thread purely┬╣ based on the Subject: header.

There’s a relatively easy way to work around this assuming you’re in full control of your daemons┬▓ and you’re ok with being mocked by other admins for implementing such a monstrosity.

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