Bug#474742: debbugs: cannot clone merged bug
tag 474742 -wontfix
retitle 474742 Implement shared history of merged bugs at display level; cloning merged bugs to share history at log level
On Tue, 08 Apr 2008, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 02:51:37PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> > On Mon, 07 Apr 2008, Marcus Better wrote:
> > > Bug is marked as being merged with others. Use an existing clone.
> > >
> > > I'm not really interested in reassigning any one of the original
> > > merged bugs. They are for the original package and the
> > > reporter/maintainer probably likes them to remain where they are.
> > You still have to pick one of them; whether you unmerge one and
> > reassign or unmerge one, clone it, and remerge is up to you.
> > > Also the wording "Use an existing clone" doesn't make much sense
> > > since the original bugs weren't cloned, but rather merged.
> > If they're merged, they're the same bug, and therefore clones of
> > eachother.
> Clone copies the bug history, and thus it's useful to pick a
> particular one of the merged bugs. I think having to unmerge/remerge
> is a right pain and there isn't really a good non-implementation
> reason for it.
The real issue is that cloning of merged bugs is currently
nonsensical, because there's no way (currently) to know which of the
merged bugs should be cloned unless you specify so explicitely.
This is partially an artifact of the way that merged bugs are
currently, and can't be fixed easily until that's changed.
Merged bugs should effectively end up being exactly identical with
shared history up until the point that they're unmerged (with the
shared history done at the display level) and cloning a merged bug
should cause a new bug to be created with the shared history done at
the log level.
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