[webkit-dev] Bug numbers in TestExpectations

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Thu Sep 20 14:28:52 PDT 2012

I support making bug URL or Bug(~) optional.

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Alexey Proskuryakov <ap at webkit.org> wrote:

> I've been repeatedly finding it that bug numbers in TestExpectations don't
> lead to bugs that are helpful in the context of the specific test. Often
> the bug doesn't have any information beyond what's already in the
> expectation (that the test is skipped of failing, without a posted diff or
> any other useful detail). Other times, the linked bug is one that the
> person was working on at the time of changing expectations, so the bug link
> is more like "see related bug XXXX, and try to figure out how exactly it's
> related", not "this failure is tracked by XXXX". Free form comments worked
> great for both cases in Skipped files.
> It appears that the rigid format that requires putting a bug URL is
> causing more harm than good in practice. I suggest making the URL optional.
> - WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov
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