[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 14:29:06 UTC 2017

On Mon, 8 May 2017, Adrian Bunk wrote:

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

Absolutely not! It’s fully reasonable to track all bugs,
backported or not, in the BTS.

The reason this policy exists in the first place is that
historically, bpo was not part of Debian, backporters were
not maintainers, and maintainers did not want to get spammed
by problems from broken backports.

> >...
> > 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:

You nicely cut off the quote from me at the wrong point.

I wrote that, by adding the Bugs: header to debian/control,
reportbug happily forwards bugs to the mailing list instead
of the BTS, and as such it’s the responsibility of each
backporter (and/or user) to do that, NOT of the tool.

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