[Mageia-dev] Proposal for bugzilla

Renaud MICHEL r.h.michel+mageia at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 20:30:38 CET 2010

On mercredi 22 décembre 2010 at 18:46, Ahmad Samir wrote :
> > Sorry for not beeing clear.
> > What I propose is not for the case 'a bug originates from more than
> > one package';
> > but for the case 'a bug manifests itself in than one package'.
> A bug that manifests in more than one package must originate from
> 'some package', that 'some package' is the only one that should be in
> the 'RPM Package' field; i.e that's the package that's going to need
> fixing.

I agree, but that doesn't mean the user is able to identify the problematic 
package, even if he has good knowledge of the way packages work.

Let's say for example that there is a problem with libxy, it is compiled 
with a bad combination of optimizations that make some of its functions 
behave randomly.
appA appB and appC use libxy, but appC only use simple functions that are 
not affected by the optimization problem, so only appA and appB behave 
Even if the user know about packages dependencies, as appC work fine he may 
not come to the conclusion that libxy is causing the problem.
But he may still consider the problems with appA and appB to be related 
because they started at the same time (the latest update that included 
So if he can fill a single bug report for both appA and appB, that is a good 
hint to the developer that he should investigate in the dependencies those 
apps have in common.

So if you accept only one package per bug report, it may be harder to find 
the actual cause, as those two apps may be maintained by different people, 
each investigating the problem for his own app.

Renaud Michel

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