Bugzilla

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Bugzilla is an issue tracking service developed by Mozilla. Issue tracking is an essential part of software development, and Bugzilla provides a means of having a centrally-controlled issue tracker to allow multiple teams to create and monitor issues for a software product.


Sailfish OS provides the Mer Bugzilla service for tracking Mer-related issues. Tasks and bugs should be created here and assigned to the relevant developers for fixing. This is an open service; anyone can sign up to create and track issues.


The typical lifecycle of a bug or task in Bugzilla is:


  1. A new issue is created in Bugzilla under the relevant area (e.g. "Mer Core").
  2. The issue is assigned to a relevant developer, or a developer sees the newly reported issue and self-assigns it.
  3. The developer submits the patch(es) to resolve the issue, and marks the issue as resolved and fixed. Alternatively, the issue can be resolved in Bugzilla as not requiring a fix - for example, if it is a duplicate issue, or already fixed, etc.


If it is determined that the fix is not sufficient, the issue can be reopened in Bugzilla. However, it is recommended this is only done for issues that have not already made it into a release, or issues where the proposed fix is clearly inadequate. This is to avoid the reopening of bugs which have associated factors or circumstances that have changed greatly since the original fixes were submitted, and to avoid confusion arising from outdated comments in the original Bugzilla issue. It may be simpler to just create a new issue and include a link to the original issue.


For convenience, the webhooks for the Mer Bugzilla can automatically update the status of the bug according to the git commit message in a patch. See the Webhooks page for more details.