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Bits from the BTS

Hi all,

A couple of changes have been made to the BTS that you might like to
know about.

The first is that the 'fixed-upstream' tag has been added (by Anthony
Towns). This is intended to replace the old (mis)use of the 'pending'
tag to mean "this bug has been fixed upstream and we're just waiting for
a new release to have the fix in Debian". If you'd like to see bugs on
packages you maintain that aren't tagged fixed-upstream, you can use the
form at http://bugs.debian.org/, or use URLs like this directly:


Secondly, bug assignment, or bug ownership, has been implemented. This
involves two new commands to control@bugs.debian.org:

  owner nnnnnn New Owner <owner@example.org>
  owner nnnnnn !           (use the From:/Reply-To: header from the mail
                            you're sending)

  noowner nnnnnn

The owner of a bug is displayed in the header of each bug and in lists
of bugs, and receives the same mail sent to that bug as a package
maintainer would receive. People working in maintainer teams or on
orphaned packages may like to use this feature to divide their work up
more conveniently; you could use it to record that you've delegated
responsibility for a bug to some helpful person; and it has an obvious
application to wnpp bugs. (For NMUs it's probably best to keep on using
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/claims.cgi [1], or simply keep the bug
report by ordinary e-mails, since 'owner' really implies something
similar to maintainership.)

There is currently no means of searching for which bugs you own. Sorry.
It's on the to-do list, though.

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0308/msg00010.html


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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