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Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker

From: Bastien
Subject: Re: Why Emacs needs a modern bug tracker
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2008 22:17:52 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.110007 (No Gnus v0.7) Emacs/23.0.0 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> A VCS provides a filesystem to work on, not a database.
>> A bug tracker based on a VCS wouldn't provide more that what we can
>> achieve now with FOR-RELEASE, TODO, etc.
> I think you're confusing things a little: the database should be inside
> a file like TODO which is itself managed via a VCS (actually the file
> needs to be alongside the rest of the code).

Hence my proposal of using `org-mode' instead of `outline-mode' as the
default mode for TODO, FOR-RELEASE and other such files.

There will be no loss in functionnality.  The right Org setup for these
files will be incrementally defined, by people really using them.

You can invent clever uses of org-mode to turn them into real databases:
Org turns plain text files into browsable, searchable, structured files.
And once these files are managed via a dVCS, this can really be used as
a collective tool for managing bugs and issues.

This will not replace a public bug tracking system, but this will still
improve the situtation significantly IMO.


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