[Reportbug-maint] Bug#548415: reportbug: Package upgrade information in bug reports

Sandro Tosi morph at debian.org
Tue Jan 4 16:59:17 UTC 2011

Hi Mike,
ok, I know, it's a rather old report... :)

On Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 10:29, Mike Hommey <mh+reportbug at glandium.org> wrote:
> Package: reportbug
> Version: 4.8
> Severity: wishlist
> Hi,
> I was just writing a bug report on the new nautilus, looking in dpkg.log
> to know what version I had before the upgrade, and then I got wondering
> if that wouldn't be an interesting information to have by default in
> bug reports, for both the package the user reports the bug against, and
> all its dependencies, indicating both the previous version and when the
> upgrade happened.
> If space is considered a problem, I'd say this information could replace
> the packages descriptions, which are IMHO pretty useless to the package
> maintainers.
> What do you think?

I'm just wondering... by default dpkg.log is rotated monthly, so if
you're so unlucky to install the package on 31st and report the bug on
1st of the next month you don't get any information, if not searching
in all the rotated files, which then required maybe to go back in time
a long ago, and so also to report the date of the upgrade, and so on

also, there are several cases where the upgrade information (if
available) is useless, f.e. in reports like "documentation for
function aaa() is missing".

I understand it can be nice to have that info in some circumstances,
but I don't see a way to balance that with an over-complicated

any ideas?

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

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