Discussion on Bug tracking database

Tony Lambregts tony.lambregts at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 19:53:25 CST 2005

Ann and Jason Edmeades wrote:
> Hello,
> I thought I'd try to start a discussion to try to encourage changes in the
> bug tracking, but it would both require agreement and someone (else) who
> could physically make the changes.
> Is it me or is our bug tracking database not really working the way it
> should?
> Firstly I'd like to thank Tony - he seems to do a lot of maintaining of the
> bug database and deserves a lot of credit. Until I started looking through
> them and monitoring the bug mailing list, I didn't realize how much he did.

<blush> ah shucks </blush>


> Suggestions....
> 1. I would like to get implemented an AUTOMATIC timeout on the bug reports.
> If they are inactive for eg. 4 months then an automatic update is added to
> them asking to try latest cvs and confirm the problem still exists. If the
> problem is not updated within a month, the bug report gets automatically
> closed with a specific code (eg. CLOSED/inactivity).

I have looked at this and it is not possible to do this without 
drastically altering (forking) bugzilla. We can however get a list of 
bugs that have not had any activity for any length of time you want.


I have looked into having a resolution "abandoned" and that should be
possible to do without forking bugzilla "Too Much".

> 2. I would like a clear way to identify if the problem can be reproduced
> with **free** downloadable software, eg a demo, freeware, shareware etc.
> This should be searchable for people wanting a quick bug fix

Search for Keyword "Download" I have been very thorough and "To The Best 
Of My Knowledge" anthing that has a download (demo, freeware shareware 
etc) is marked as such.
> 3. I would like there to be a transition from an initial state before being
> accepted, which basically allows rejection of a bug report if there is not
> enough information in it. Unfortunately someone would have to actively do
> this, so this would be a very had one to achieve.

This would require major changes to Bugzilla, and I do not, at the 
moment, want to start forking.
> 4. I would also like a bug fixing period of time, when all wine developers
> are encouraged to work on bugs for eg. one day a month. 
> Interestingly, even though most people seem to end up working in a
> particular area they may not handle bugs in that area (probably because they
> don't check for them!). How many of the wine developers would consider
> allocating time once a month (even if its just an hour!) to look at a bug
> report, perhaps try it or go back asking for appropriate traces etc. 

Pretty Please....!


Tony Lambregts

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