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Re: Bug Database?

From: Nick Roberts
Subject: Re: Bug Database?
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 20:53:40 +1300

 >     Only significant bugs that can't be immediately fixed need to be entered,
 >     although it wouldn't matter if others were too as they can easily be 
 > closed.
 > I agree that "enter bugs if not fixed immediately" would give results,
 > but it still takes work.  Who wants to do this work?

Presumably whoever is interested in seeing the bug fixed, the original poster,
a developer who can't see a fix, I don't know.

 >     You could just see it as an additional tool.  As a start why not just
 >     ask the Savannah Hackers to turn on the bug tracker for Emacs?  Then
 >     people who want to use it could file bugs there, and you could keep your
 >     own record in FOR-RELEASE.
 > This much would be easy to do.  Would this result in having some bugs
 > in the bug tracker and other bugs reported on bug-gnu-emacs?
 > If we did not systematically enter the emailed bug reports into the
 > bug tracker, would confusion result?

These questions can only be answered by trying a tracker out.  I can only say
in GDB it helps me find (and fix) old bugs that I probably wouldn't know about
through the archives.

It's now over five years since the last (mainline) release.  I think a tracker
will help with the release cycle.  If you think Emacs should be bug free no
matter how long it takes to make a release, then I guess a tracker may not be
of much use.

Nick                                           http://www.inet.net.nz/~nickrob

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