[Reportbug-maint] Bug#862095: reportbug: Bugs in backported packages must not be sent to the BTS

Thorsten Glaser t.glaser at tarent.de
Mon May 8 13:00:13 UTC 2017


I disagree with making this RC right now, for the following reasons:

> Bugs against backported packages (~bpo versions) are not allowed
> to be reported to the BTS without explicit permission from the
> maintainer to do so

1. There is no automated way for the maintainers to agree to that
   currently, formally (but see below).

>, and should instead automatically be sent
> to debian-backports at lists.debian.org

2. This is normally the backporter’s duty: reportbug supports a
   Bugs: field in debian/control which lists an eMail address where
   bugreports should be sent to; for an example of a package using
   this, look at e.g. my wtf package:

3. Absense of such a field *could*, however, be seen as maintainer
   approval of bugreports in the BTS (especially if the backporter
   is the maintainer), so there’s nothing that reportbug should do
   at the moment.

4. Due to the above, I believe a short-circuit/knee-jerk reaction
   to force reportbug to deliver _all_ bpo bugreports to the bpo
   mailing list is wrong, and this should at the least be tagged
   with stretch-ignore and discussed more broadly.

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