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Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 23:21:43 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (windows-nt)

Bastien <address@hidden> writes:

> Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden> writes:
>> The advantages of a living database over a static text file are too
>> large to enumerate.
> org-mode does pretty well in handling text files *dynamically* from
> within Emacs.

Sorry, but org-mode is no match for a proper bug system. Do you expect
end users filling well-structured bug reports on a plain text file? How
do you perform complex queries? What to do with closed bugs? What
happens when the file grows to several dozen megabytes? How do you store
attached files?  What to do with test cases that includes text in
arbitrary encodings? How do you integrate e-mail traffic on emacs-devel
and emacs-*-bugs into the text file without hammering the VCS with
thousands of commits per month just for storing discussions and other
activity about bugs?  Will org-mode notify a maintainer when a bug is
assigned to him? Will it interact with the VCS to associate bugs and

And so on.


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