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Re: bugs - lets call an exterminator!

From: Thomas Swan <tswan(at)olemiss(dot)edu>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Vince Vielhaber <vev(at)michvhf(dot)com>, "Colin 't Hart" <cthart(at)yahoo(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: bugs - lets call an exterminator!
Date: 2001-08-29 09:56:20
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Tom Lane wrote:

>Vince Vielhaber <vev(at)michvhf(dot)com> writes:
>>On Thu, 23 Aug 2001, Colin 't Hart wrote:
>>>5. I think Bugzilla's concepts of products, components and versions fit
>>>the way we work.
>>>I envisage that 'Postgres', 'Interfaces', 'Languages' might be products
>>>that we would have.
>>>Within 'Postgres' we would have the various subsystems that make up the
>>>Within 'Interfaces' we would have 'JDBC', 'ODBC' etc.
>>>Within 'Languages' we would have 'PL/pgSQL' etc.
>>I can see a little benefit to this, but for the most part the same
>>people that are working on the core pieces of PostgreSQL are also
>>working on the interfaces and languages.
>I would argue against subdividing a bug database at all.  I don't think
>the project is large enough to require it (we are in no danger of
>becoming the size of Mozilla anytime soon).  But more importantly,
>subdivision introduces the risk of misclassification of a bug --- and
>in my experience the initial reporter of a bug *very* frequently
>misidentifies where the problem is.  So unless additional effort is
>expended to reclassify bugs (is that even possible in Bugzilla?), the
>classification will degenerate to the point of being a hindrance rather
>than a help in locating things.  Overall I just don't see that much
>benefit from a classification system.
Bugzilla does provide for the reclassification bugs.  I have 
misidentified where bugs were in Mozilla and have had them reclassified 
into different areas/components of that project.

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