Sorry, this is going to be a rant…

Some distributions like Ubuntu tend to have their own bugtracker for all packages and people will report bugs there (in this example This is not a bad thing in general as it might be possible to generate better debugging info if you know the exact binary package.

This requires bugs to be added upstream though because no developer will ever have a look in downstream bug trackers. For core packages of a distribution that has the manpower to do this that should be OK and as those packages might be patched in some way it might be useful to report bugs downstream and decide manually if and how to report them upstream.

However for packages where there is nobody to review the downstream bugs I would really prefer if the downstream bug-tracker will just forward the bug to the upstream bug-tracker (probably doing some internal duplicate filtering in between).  I am more happily getting some incomplete bug reports than missing  the interesting ones because they never reach the upstream tracker.

So, launchpad developers: Do you think that’s doable. There are so many great options in launchpad that I think adding this one shouldn’t be too difficult. By accident I stumbled across some very interesting reports in launchpad and I would have loved to have these reports upstream.


2 Responses to “Downstream bug reports – fail!”

  1. Danilo Says:

    Hi Johannes: it should certainly be doable for those upstreams that want it. The only reason it’s not done by default is because upstreams might not want it.

    If the bugtracker you are using is Bugzilla, we even have a sync plug-in (and I think that’s installed on GNOME Bugzilla, but I don’t know exactly how it works). I’ll ping one of other LP developers who work in that area to let you know what can be done. Another good thing to do is to file a question on but that might be handled with “not possible yet”, so it’s better to talk to developers directly to see when will it be possible if it isn’t already :)

  2. bkor Says:

    just testing

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