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Re: Bug#551386: Per-package link to upstreams bugtracker


Am Montag, den 19.10.2009, 11:20 +0200 schrieb Olivier Berger:
> Le samedi 17 octobre 2009 à 23:27 +0200, Joachim Breitner a écrit :
> > just an idea that occured to me right now when filing a bug against a
> > package where I already know that it’s an upstream bug, but I don’t want
> > to spend time finding out
> >  * where the upstream bugtracker is
> >  and
> >  * how to properly list all upstream bugs.
> Such information is already used by bts-link to track changes on remote
> bugs linked with the 'forwarded' tag from Debian bugs.
> The sources of bts-link ('s configuration file) contain already a
> description of many bugtrackers of source packages.
> More details at : http://bts-link.alioth.debian.org/
> Hope this helps.

I thought about bts-link as well, of course, but there are some
differences in what is tried to achieve:

bts-link is
 * per-bug.
 * thus can and needs to handle different trackers per package
 * needs manual intervention once (by setting the forwarded field)
 * aim for high-level technical integration.

my proposal is
 * per-package
 * should be present and visible _before_ the user files a bug
 * aims not for technical integration, but just lowering the effort for 
   the user to check the upstream bug tracker first

Also, just specifying a simple URL somewhere in the Package file, the
copyright file or somewhere else is sufficiently simple to be actually
implemented :-)

Also note that the information, like Homepage, should be set and stored
in the package first, and not, for example, in a list in the BTS. The
information is everything but Debian-specific and will be valid even

I guess this could just be tried out by having early adopters add
XBS-Upstream-BTS: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/...
to some of their packages’ debian/control, add support to
bugs.debian.org, and see how it goes. If it goes well, debian-policy can
be amended and the XBS- prefix dropped. If not, it was worth a try and
did not hurt :-)

@dons: What are your requirements until you will accept this feature on
bugs.d.o, in terms of number of packages or clear consensus on d-devel
or such or actual inclusion in the policy?


Joachim "nomeata" Breitner
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