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Re: [HACKERS] Collaboration Tool Proposal

From: "Bort, Paul" <pbort(at)tmwsystems(dot)com>
To: pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Collaboration Tool Proposal
Date: 2004-02-27 19:49:10
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> 
> My apologies, then!   I was operating off of the statements 
> of others, and the 
> fact that the only RT impelementations I've used were running 
> on MySQL.   So, 
> questions:
> 
> 1) can you compare/contrast RT vs. BZ vs. Simplified 
> bug-tracking, like 
> GForge?

I've used Bugzilla for searching for FOP issues, and a couple other places,
and I find the RT search much more obvious. I can get what I want out of
Bugzilla, but usually by creating a really broad search and sifting entries
one at a time for likely candidates. The fact that an RT search is iterative
is much more obvious, because the bottom of the search page lists all of the
current criteria, and the box for adding new ones. Add or remove, and re-run
the search. I like the trick that it does with mutually exclusive
conditions: It assumes an 'or' between them. (eg, all tickets that are in
state 'open' or 'closed'.) 

OTOH, Bugzilla tracks a whole pile more fields by default. I've taken to
putting version numbers in the ticket subject in RT because for the small
project here, it's easier than learning how to add a version field. (I
haven't tried adding my own fields.) 

Both handle attachments and comments sanely. I don't know if BZ has an
e-mail interface, but the one in RT has filled the basic needs here. (We
haven't pushed the limits of the e-mail part.)

I have never tried to install BZ. RT's install (RedHat 8.0, PostgreSQL 7.2.4
from RPMs) was straightforward once all the Perl modules were up to date.
(All of the needed modules were available from CPAN.)

I don't recall using any simplified bug tracking on-line, except maybe at
ImageMagick.com, which seems to be more a forum or mailing list search, with
no real tracking fields.

> 
> 2) What help, if any, would we be able to get in supporting 
> RT from the RT 
> community?

I'm afraid I have no idea what or where the larger RT community is. I know
there's commercial support available from the author (whom I have no contact
with), and I found the answers to my (self-created) problems during setup
using Google. I found RT because of a (don't ban me, please ;-) discussion
on SlashDot. (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/06/1854211) There
were a large number of proponents of RT there; their posts claimed years of
use at many sites. 

I would be happy to lend my meager talents to setting it up for a trial, if
that's where the group decides to go.

But Josh made a good point off-list: are we trying to solve the problem of
ticket/bug tracking, or community/collaboration in general? 

My $0.02: CVS handles the code, mailing lists handle the dialog, and a
ticket/bug tracker keeps people from losing things. About all that leaves
for the web site to do is advocate PostgreSQL (which I think it does nicely)
and related projects, and provide some glue (like how to find the name of
the other lists or projects to see what they're doing.) New tools or old,
every day with PostgreSQL is a good day. 



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