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Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2008 00:20:22 +0100
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Óscar Fuentes wrote:
I was thinking about this possibility and concluded that it is not
possible to build a decent bug-tracking system using only a VCS. The
reason is the importance of the user interface, which must be open to
everybody, not only for the committers, as PROBLEMS and TODO are now,
thus effectively dissuading possible contributions from the outside.
OK, VCS access IN ADDITION TO web access.  How about that?

Others just proposed such a system. I'm skeptical about it. So far, it
seems quite limiting and for a good reason:

I do not get your point here. Can you explain why you are skeptical and why you think it would be limiting in another way?

Furthermore, a bug-tracking system needs a database and a VCS is not
good at that.
That is a good argument for staying with an email based system.  ;-(
What's the point of a bug system if you have to be online to use it?  It
kind of cancels out the benefit of a dVCS for our other files.

Are you telling me I won't be able to grep a bug-tracking database?  If
I'm using such a database, I want instant response when I press <CR> to
look at an item.  I want to be able to do M-x occur (or the like) on it,
without going through some ghastly GUI interface.  I want regexp
searching, filtering with a "command line"-like interface (e.g., like
mutt has), and so on.  And I want the database on my own hard disk, for
speed and flexibility.

You can request a plain-text export of the database.

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