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Re: Bug#523584: bugs.debian.org: many packages do not include instructions via reportbug on reporting bugs upstream

Don Armstrong wrote, on 14/04/09 04:41:
reassign 523584 kde
severity 523584 minor
retitle 523584 consider providing instructions on how to report bugs upstream

On Sat, 11 Apr 2009, Arthur Marsh wrote:
Hi, as per recent discussion in the Debian KDE user mailing list,

http://lists.debian.org/debian-kde/2009/04/msg00188.html [Always good
to include this, since I don't read debian-kde@ldo; others following
along probably don't either.]

there should be some text provided with Debian KDE packages like
there is for Mozilla and ALSA packages about when to report bugs to
Debian and when *AND ESPECIALLY HOW* to report bugs upstream.

First of all, bugs.debian.org has nothing to do with whether packages
provide verbiage for reportbug about anything like this. It's a
decision of each package as to whether they provide such information.
As such, I've reassigned this bug to the kde metapackage, where its
maintainers can decide how to proceed.

Secondly, it's always appropriate for users to file such bugs directly
against the BTS. People who know whether the bug directly affects
upstream or the Debian packaging can forward the bug themselves, and
mark the bug appropriately.

If you're concerned about kde bugs in particular not being replied to
and forwarded upstream promptly, please strongly consider subscribing
to the package tracking system for kde source packages and doing the
work to forward bugs that belong upstream to the upstream maintainers.

PS http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting does not even mention the Debian Package Tracking System and its URL (http://packages.qa.debian.org), nor the site http://qa.debian.org. Perhaps it should?



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