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Re: [Debian-NYC] Help with bug reporting?

Thank you for a clear and detailed explanation, this has been very helpful!


On 3/23/2011 10:00 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
Hi Gedalya--

On 03/23/2011 05:59 PM, Gedalya wrote:
This is my first time posting on this list!

Can someone tell me what to do if I have something to say about a closed
and archived Debian bug, e.g. it's not really fixed and I have a patch
that does fix it?

There are two possible approaches to take:

  0) unarchive the bug, mark it as found in one of the newer versions,
and attach your patch.  This would look like an e-mail sent to
control@bugs.debian.org with the following lines at the top of the body
(i'm pretending this is about bug #NNNNNN in package foo, which has
reappeared in version X.Y-Z):

unarchive NNNNNN
reopen NNNNNN
found NNNNNN X.Y-Z

You should follow this up with an e-mail (to NNNNNN@bugs.debian.org)
that contains the new information you have to share, with your patch

  1) submit a new bug, reference the old bug, and attach the patch to the
new bug.

If you go this route, and the maintainer really wants them to be the
same bug report, they can always unarchive the old one and merge it with
the new one.

Thanks for contributing to debian!  Bugreports (and patches too!) are
critical to the success of the project.


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