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

Adrian Bunk bunk at debian.org
Mon May 8 13:45:08 UTC 2017

On Mon, May 08, 2017 at 03:00:13PM +0200, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> > 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).

Doing that per-package would be the worst possible option,
there should be one place (mailing list or BTS query) for
getting all bugs.

And bugs like #860147 that are reported against backport A but caused by 
backport B would be a real pain to handle with a per-package policy.

> 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.

What you call "short-circuit/knee-jerk reaction" is the official policy:


Q: Where shall I report bugs I found in packages from backports to?

A: Please report them to the debian-backports mailing list. The Debian
bugtracking system doesn't know anything about backports versions, and
sometimes the backporter isn't in the Debian packaging team so they
might miss the report.

The default bug reporting tool doing the exact opposite of the official 
policy is plainly wrong and leads to lost bug reports like #860147 or
#854610 - the bug reporting tool and the documented procedure should
result in the bug going to the same location.

> bye,
> //mirabilos



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