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Bug#747239: fixed_versions format in the BTS and forcemerge

Package: debbugs
Severity: normal
Control: retitle -1 -done messages with only a Version pseudoheader do not get turned into fully qualified verisons; see #729576.

On Tue, 06 May 2014, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> I could see in a mail from control@b.d.o:
> [...]
> After four attempts, the following changes were unable to be made:
> fixed_versions of #731426 is 'systemd/204-9' not '204-9'
> fixed_versions of #726763 is 'systemd/204-9' not '204-9'
> Failed to forcibly merge 729576: Unable to modify bugs so they could be merged.
> But according to
>   http://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control.en.html#fixed
> these are two correct, equivalent ways to mark a bug as fixed in
> some version.
> Shouldn't the format be fixed (i.e. either source_package/version or
> just version)?

The format is source_package/version; plain version is coerced into
source_package/version if version corresponds to a valid source package
version (or binary package version which corresponds to a valid source
package version).
> Or shouldn't the BTS detect that and allow the forcemerge after
> possible conversion?

Forcemerge tries to do the modification, but because #729576 is marked
as fixed in 204-9 instead of systemd/204-9, it fails. 

For safety, forcemerge won't try to modify the first bug given, so it's
going to fail.

The real issue here is that 204-9 should never have been just 204-9, but
should have been coerced into systemd/204-9; this is probably a bug in
-done handling which is exposed when you just give a Version
pseudoheader without a Source pseudoheader... and should be fixed.

Don Armstrong                      http://www.donarmstrong.com

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