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bug#41914: closed (Re: bug#41914: [PATCH] Propagate return value of auto

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: bug#41914: closed (Re: bug#41914: [PATCH] Propagate return value of auto-loaded command)
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:07:02 -0500
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Tom de Vries wrote:
On 6/18/20 11:50 PM, Jacob Bachmeyer wrote:
Tom de Vries wrote:
On 6/18/20 1:20 AM, GNU bug Tracking System wrote:
Your bug report

#41914: [PATCH] Propagate return value of auto-loaded command

which was filed against the dejagnu package, has been closed.

The explanation is attached below, along with your original report.
If you require more details, please reply to 41914@debbugs.gnu.org.

AFAICT, no fix was committed to master. So, I'm not sure I understand
why this bug was closed.
It was closed because a fix had been rolled into the fix for #41824. Linus' Law applied here: we both found the same bug and actually fixed
it the same way.  I merged the comment and ChangeLog entry from your
patch into the temporary "PR41824" branch.

Is there a better way to record this circumstance in debbugs than
closing the second bug?

Well, in my understanding, yes, by:
- mentioning the circumstance without closing the bug, and
- closing the bug once the fix is present on master.

It's just that in all projects I worked in, this practice is adhered to,
with the specific purpose of being able to track problems to completion.

Of course, if the dejagnu project doesn't adhere to this, I have no
issues with that.  I just asked the question because I was surprised.

Fair enough; I am new to package maintenance and probably closed the bug earlier than needed. The fix is definitely going into 1.6.3, but I was not aware of a convention of holding bugs open until the patches have landed on master. I will try to do better in the future.

-- Jacob

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