[webkit-dev] Bug life cycle

Dan Udey dan at cdslash.net
Mon Nov 14 16:08:35 PST 2005

After a bit of experimentation with the latest (2.20) release of  
Bugzilla, I've discovered that adding/removing/modifying the list of  
resolutions in Bugzilla is, apparently, non-trivial. The all-caps  
identifiers (e.g. 'FIXED', 'WONTFIX', 'WORKSFORME', etc.) are hard- 
coded into several places in the tree, as well as (for some reason,  
most likely ordering and enablement) in the database table  
'resolution'. Adding them to the database merely results in a blank  
string in the Bugzilla interface.

It looks like adding different resolutions might not be the best  
solution. The change would be relatively easy for anyone who knows  
Perl well enough, but it would be non-trivial, and would affect the  
entire OpenDarwin project, so a  unilateral solution might not be the  
best. Any other ideas?

On 14-Nov-05, at 3:34, Joost de Valk wrote:
> On Nov 14, 2005, at 8:01 AM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> On Nov 12, 2005, at 6:51 AM, Joost de Valk wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> today, while talking on #webkit, i got two questions which both  
>>> should be answered in the bug life cycle document on the WebKit  
>>> page as well, in my humble opinion. To be able to do that, i'd  
>>> like to get some consensus on them.
>>> The first one, brought up by Alexey Proskuryakov (ap), is this:  
>>> when a bug can't be reproduced anymore but has been confirmed at  
>>> one point in time, what to do with it? My answer for this would  
>>> be to close it as "WORKSFORME" and not as "FIXED", since you  
>>> don't know what fixed it. Ideally we would create a new  
>>> resolution for this, something like "FIXED WITHOUT SOLUTION" or  
>>> something like that, have you people perhaps got any thoughts on  
>>> this?
>> How about "PRESUMED FIXED". I also wish we could get the  
>> ALLCAPSSINGLEWORD style out of the resolutions. Not sure how hard  
>> this is to do without hacking the database. Something that is  
>> believed fixed by an unknown change is indeed different than  
>> something that couldn't be reproduced at all, although  
>> "WORKSFORME" arguably could cover both bases. "PRESUMED FIXED"  
>> would indicate to the verifier that they must verify with a more  
>> recent version, and would indicate to integrators that if they  
>> want to ship the fix on a branch version, they have to hunt for it.
> This is fine by me, getting rid of the all caps would be great, but  
> i don't know if we break any external apps by doing that?

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