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Re: RFC: Issue tracker treatment of patches.

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 10:08:45 -0400

Okay, this change has been made. Please refrain from using the PATCH issue
tracker type from now on. If you have a patch to post to a new tracker
item, create the item as a DEFECT or ENHANCEMENT or FEATURE, attach the
patch, and add the 'patch' keyword to the issue.

Thanks all!

-- With love, and just trying to stay afloat in the issue tracker,
   C-Mike

C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> I've never been a fan of the PATCH issue type present in our tracker. While
> the other issue types (TASK, DEFECT, ENHANCEMENT, FEATURE) tell you
> something about the problem that needs a-fixin', PATCH tells you only that
> someone has proposed some code change. But for what?
>
> So in the ViewVC project I switched do a slightly different method for
> tracking patches, which goes as follows:
>
> - never ever use the PATCH issue type. Instead, use the type appropriate
> for what the patch proposes to change about the code. Is it fixing a
> DEFECT? Adding a new FEATURE? etc.
>
> - for issues that have a patch associated with them, record a "patch"
> keyword. This still allows you to query "all issues with patches"
> just as easily as querying issue_type=PATCH, and does so (again)
> without losing that valuable information about the real problem.
>
> I'd like to move to this methodology in our own tracker. Like, today.
> Because the changes are reversible, I'll probably just go for it later this
> afternoon, after seeking some favor in IRC and after popping off this email.
> And of course, I'll update any related docs we may have on the website (for
> the public, or Patch Manager instructions, etc.).
>
> Anybody object?
>

-- 
C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
CollabNet   <>   www.collab.net   <>   Distributed Development On Demand

Received on 2010-05-10 16:09:19 CEST

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