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Re: [ Request for Help ] Re: BTS improvements (was: Re: 88 Priority violations in woody

On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 02:00:14PM +0200, Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists wrote:
> The point is, that you would get _much_ more people improving and fixing
> the BTS if they could install it by themselves (since you are asking for
> help here). So if there would be a way to bring the BTS into a state where
> you could make a package of it (of course you need to make sure all the
> other infrastructure is packaged/available as well). As I understand
> debbugs is quite far from the current BTS (might be I'm wrong, that's what
> I've read/heard everywhere) and I would imagine that people want the
> features that the see (on bugs.d.o), so they will not use debbugs.

debbugs .deb is not that far away from debbugs on bugs.debian.org.
It merely uses a non-hashed db directory tree and the static HTML stuff.
Most bug tracking systems don't actually have 1 GB of data like we do, so
the "old" debbugs works normally for them.

In order to make the package include the newest stuff, we would require a
lengthy and very error-prone procedure in the packaging scripts to convert
the old stuff to the new stuff.

I'm afraid there is very little or no incentive for anyone to do this,
because the people who could be hurt by the change certainly seem to
outnumber those who would benefit from it.

I suppose one could make a "debbugs2" package, though. It would get us more
visibility, that is correct.

However, I don't believe doogie was soliciting small patches this time. He
was asking for people who would really get their hands dirty. Don't get me
wrong[1], I really don't see how is anyone who can't be bothered to install
the stuff from the sources going to be a debbugs developer (so to speak). To
such people (if they exist <shrug>) it would make little difference to cvs
checkout or wget the thing.

[1] and I know you (generic you) will... hello, flamewar! :p

     2. That which causes joy or happiness.

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