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Re: List of Issues with 'patch_abandoned' assigned to them - as of Septe

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: List of Issues with 'patch_abandoned' assigned to them - as of September 2015
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:01:06 +0200
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James Lowe <address@hidden> writes:

>    Hello,
>    As part of the 'Patch Meister's' role, I present the following list of
>    all issues currently marked as 'patch_abandoned'.
>    I've grouped them into their patch 'Status' fields and then shown the
>    date that the last time the issue was updated.
>    For those that cannot remember, Issue classification definitions are
>    here:
>    [1]
>    ue-classification
>    We should make some decision on what to do with these. In my opinion,
>    the very least we should change the status to either 'new', 'invalid'
>    or 'blank'. My own feeling that we not use the 'patch_abandoned' label
>    anymore, in that if an Issue is 'abandoned', it is usually abandoned
>    because of
>    i. Dev has no more time or has given up working on the patch for a
>    'started' issue - perhaps set issue back to 'new' and remove patch
>    status label; but put a note in the thread that the patch was
>    abandoned.
>    ii. The issue has been shown to no longer be applicable (because of a
>    change in either the code base, or for example in the case of trying to
>    support some deprecated third-party code - like an OS or Browser etc.)
>    In which case this should probably be changed to 'Invalid' and be done.
>    Other than those two (variations on a theme) I cannot think of anything
>    other case.

A whole bunch of the issues you have below are for Duplicate, Invalid,
or independently Fixed issues.  An abandoned patch is natural to go with
that and should not require any additional action.  It's only for open
issues that an abandoned patch might form a point of reference.

The only suspicious combination is an abandoned patch for a Started
issue where the issue owner is the same person responsible for the
patch.  That's likely an oversight (or the owner tried to work on a
different patch and lost track at some point of time).  So basically
I don't think abandoned patches require any action of their own.
"Started" issues may independently be considered as not being worked on
after a considerable amount of time.  In that case, it might get
disowned, reset to "Accepted" (when it's still relevant) and _possibly_
any existing patch may be marked "abandoned" in that process.

But I don't think that any patch already marked "abandoned" necessitates
any further action on its own.

David Kastrup

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