[Reportbug-maint] Bug#480563: Doesn't strip binary NMU version (+b1, +bN etc.) when reporting bugs

Sandro Tosi matrixhasu at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 15:03:21 UTC 2008

Hello Developers!

I would like to hear some suggestions about this (#480563) bug
(trascript below):

On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 11:48, Loïc Minier <lool at dooz.org> wrote:
>On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 01:44, Chris Lawrence <lawrencc at debian.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 4:48 PM, Loïc Minier <lool at dooz.org> wrote:
>>>  reportbug uses the package version when reporting bugs, but this might
>>>  include a bin NMU extension, e.g. +b1.  As debbugs/our BTS tracks bugs
>>>  at the source level, the bin NMU part should probably be stripped when
>>>  reporting bugs against Debian.
>> I'm not sure this would be correct behavior, since a binNMU could
>> quite plausibly introduce bugs that wouldn't be present before the
>> binNMU.  Perhaps debbugs should be smarter about binNMUs though.
>  I wondered about this as well before filing the bug; on IRC
>  (#debian-devel-fr), the consensus was slightly in favor of reporting it
>  against reportbug, but I know it probably affects other bug reporting
>  tools.
>  Changing debbugs to track binary version is really hard, I think we
>  shouldn't intermix this feature with the rewrite, however it might be
>  as simple to rewrite versions on the debbugs side of things rather than
>  coding it in all bug reporting clients.

should we strip-off the binNMU extension from the package version in reportbug?

I'm more inclined to Chris' position (not strip because binNMU can
introduce bugs not present in previous version) but DDs more
experienced than me can have a wider view and a different opinion.

Thanks in advance,

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, Morpheus, matrixhasu)
My website: http://matrixhasu.altervista.org/
Me at Debian: http://wiki.debian.org/SandroTosi

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