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Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker

From: Sven Joachim
Subject: Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 21:13:58 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110007 (No Gnus v0.7) Emacs/22.1.50 (gnu/linux)

On 2008-01-05 20:51 +0100, Drew Adams wrote:

>> Each bug is given a number, and is kept on
>> file until it is marked as having been dealt with.
> That *really* sounds like asking for trouble. It deletes the bug history for
> a bug that someone deemed had been "dealt with"?

No.  The bug is merely archived, meaning that it normally is not shown
any more, unless you ask for it.  But its history is never lost.¹

> Hard to believe. Bug histories should never be deleted. It should always be
> possible to revisit a bug, including to be able to reopen a closed bug.

That is all possible with debbugs; if a bug is archived, you first have
to "unarchive" it before you can manipulate it.  That measure ensures
that spam sent to archived bugs is discarded.


¹ Some of the early Debian bugs _are_ lost, however, because of bugs in
the early versions of `debbugs'. 

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