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Re: A way _not_ to handle bugs

On Tue, May 03, 2005 at 01:54:46PM -0500, Adam M. wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
> >grave <-> serious isn't worth a discussion since there's not a big 
> >difference between them (both are RC)
> You are 100% wrong here. Why do we have bug severities then? Severities
> are there to inform the developer and the rest of the Debian world about
> the seriousness of the bug. I tend to stay away from packages that have
> grave or critical bugs against them before I read the bug report. So,
> let me refresh your mind about bug severities,

Let me try to reformulate my point:

important <-> serious or important <-> grave are worth a discussion, 
because if the bug is only important it's not unlikely sarge will ship 
with this bug.

We could have a lengthy discussion whether there are possible scenarios 
where a specific dependency problem might cause data loss (which would 
make it grave) or whether it's "only" a policy violation. (If you are 
using php4-mysql on a web server to write the orders of your costumers 
into a database, couldn't this bug cause data loss?)

But the practical differences between critical, grave and serious are 
small enough that if I send a bug as grave and you'd downgrade it to 
serious, I wouldn't care.

> - Adam



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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