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Bug#414517: Bug closing documentation needs clarification

Package: debbugs


Normally, the only people that are allowed to close a bug report are
the submitter of the bug and the maintainer(s) of the package against
which the bug is filed. There are exceptions to this rule, for
example, the bugs filed against unknown packages or certain generic
pseudo-packages. When in doubt, don't close bugs, first ask for advice
on the debian-devel mailing list.

I've been told on d-devel that the BTS doesn't actually care about the
maintainer when closing bugs, and it's just considered impolite to go
around closing other peoples' bugs without permission. This paragraph
should be clarified.

Andrew Donnellan
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