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

Don Armstrong don at debian.org
Sat Jul 19 00:23:40 UTC 2008

On Fri, 18 Jul 2008, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> 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.

No, it should not. The BTS knows how to resolve binary versions to
source versions, and does all of this automatically.

> >  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,

We don't currently; there was some discussion of allowing a bug to be
associated with a particular set of binary versions, but that is a
feature with relatively limited utility. [Such bugs would be fixed by
any upload, and would have no automatic propogation.]

Furthermore, the cases where a bug is associated with a particular
binary, and not the source package as well is a fairly small minority
of the bugs that are reported; only expert users and/or package
maintainer would be making use of this feature anyway.

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

No. The BTS is more than capable of resolving binary versions to
source versions, and knows far better what the source version of a
particular binary version than an arbitrary regex in reportbug.

Don Armstrong

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