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Re: Bug severities (was: Re: wterm in potato)

>>>>> "Michael" == Michael Stone <mstone@debian.org> writes:

    Michael> I'd add data-loss conditions to this definition. (E.g.,
    Michael> there have been some fileutils bugs that can cause files
    Michael> to disappear under the right (wrong?) circumstances. The
    Michael> circumstances are fairly obscure, so the package is
    Michael> usable most of the time, but IMHO anything that can cause
    Michael> files to vanish is release-critical.)

I think you need to define data loss.

eg would the deletion of a symlink mean data loss? /usr/local?

What about a command that accidently did (in order from bad to worse):
2. find /etc -name "*.bak" | xargs rm -f
2. find / -name "*.bak" | xargs rm -f
would any of these be data loss?

Or how about:
1. chown root -R /etc
2. chown root -R /

(the 1st probably wont affect most systems, the 2nd is more serious).

As none of these commands actually delete data files (might be
debatable for *.bak files), most are probably rather inconvenient, and
I would wonder how you would rate these bugs.
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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