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RE: bug tracker woes/misunderstanding

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: bug tracker woes/misunderstanding
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 09:54:08 -0700

> > Yes, OK.  But what does it mean in terms of what someone 
> > should do when replying?
> What it mostly means is that you shouldn't use *Cc when sending bug
> reports to Debbugs (you can use "X-debbugs-cc" instead).  This is
> clearly not the best aspect of Debbugs.

Sorry, I don't know how to do that using my mail client (Outlook 2003; still
very common).  My choices are `Reply', `Reply All', and `Forward'.  I can edit
To, Cc, and Subject fields, of course, but I prefer not to have to do that each
time I reply, just to satisfy the bug tracker.

> > `Reply All' works for all of these, even though
> > <bugnb>@debbugs.gnu.org is not a recipient.
> It only works thanks to the few sanity checks we perform when 
> receiving "new" bug-reports.

Well, thank goodness you do that.  Creating a new bug report each time someone
hits `Reply' would be pretty brain-dead (i.e., not too sane).

> > And it did not work when all I changed was "RE" to "OT".
> The sanity checks apparently assume that a reply should start with
> "re:".

That was my guess too.  So the answer is to not remove "RE:".  I imagine it is
OK to add "OT", but not to replace "RE:" with "OT:".

Depending on "RE:" for sanity sounds pretty fragile, but I can certainly live
with that.  This should be documented for users somewhere, if it isn't already.

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