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Subversion Issue Tracker
Issue Tracker Guidelines
We use the "Buddy System" for filing issues.
Before filing a new issue, please:
Re-read the documentation
(especially the FAQ and the
online Subversion book).
Search the issue tracker:
Find someone else who agrees this is a bug.
Post to the email@example.com mailing list (or to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're already pretty sure
it's a bug,
if in doubt post to the users list), or chat in
IRC, regarding the bug or feature request you were about to
file. People there will ask you questions, try to reproduce the
problem, advise you if there's any past history of similar
problems, and in general help you decide whether a new issue is
warranted. If it is, they can also help you get the bug report
into a useful form. See
here for how to write a useful bug report.
If you do file an issue, remember to include a link to
the mailing list message(s) or IRC conversation where you
discussed the problem. Not only does this provide
important context for anyone reading the issue, it also confirms
that the issue has passed the basic buddy test: you found
someone else who agrees it's a problem. Issues that haven't
been through the "buddy system" may be summarily closed. We're
sorry to do this, but statistically, most unbuddied filings turn
out to be bogus, and the issue tracker is not a convenient place
to separate the good reports from the bad.
We depend on the mailing list and IRC channel as a first level of
filtering for our bug tracker. Without this filtering, the tracker
would be full of duplicate issues, non-issues, and unreproducible
issues. Please help us keep the bug database clean, by always finding
a buddy before you file!
When mailing the list with a concern, make sure that your e-mail
describes your bug or enhancement fully. Provide details about the
versions of the relevant software (Subversion, Apache, neon, etc.)
that you are using, about your operating system, and about any other
thing that might seem pertinent to the issue. If you can provide a
script which consistently reproduces a problem, that can be incredibly
helpful to those evaluating and/or working on your issue.
Filing New Issues, Modifying Existing Issues
You must be logged in to the web site to add a new issue, or to comment on
existing issues. To modify existing issues beyond simply leaving a
comment — e.g., to change fields or
status — you must be both logged in and have the
Observer role in the Subversion project; this is true even
for issues that you created yourself.
Here's how to acquire the Observer role:
- Log in on the tigris.org site
- Go to the Subversion project front page
- Click on the Request project role link directly below the
"Project Home" line
- Request the Observer role
- Wait for the confirmation e-mail (almost always will be
completed within 24 hours)
What the Issue Fields Mean
When an issue is first filed, it automatically goes in the
"---" target milestone, which indicates that the issue has not
yet been processed. A developer will examine it and maybe talk to
other developers, then estimate the bug's severity, the effort
required to fix it, and schedule it in a numbered milestone, for
example 1.1. (Or they may put it the unscheduled or nonblocking milestone, if they consider it tolerable for all
currently planned releases.)
An issue filed in unscheduled might still get fixed soon,
if some committer decides they want it done. Putting it in
unscheduled merely means it hasn't been scheduled for any
particular release yet. The nonblocking milestone, on the
other hand, means that we do not anticipate ever scheduling the issue
for a particular release. This also does not mean the issue will
never be fixed; it merely means that we don't plan to block any
release on it.
Severity is represented in the Priority field. Here is how
priority numbers map to severity:
- P1: Prevents work from getting done, causes data
loss, or BFI ("Bad First Impression").
- P2: Workaround required to get stuff done.
- P3: Like P2, but rarely encountered in normal usage.
- P4: Developer concern only, API stability or
- P5: Nice to fix, but in a pinch we could live with it.
Note that we do not use the PATCH issue type.
Please select one of the other relevant issue types (DEFECT,
ENHANCEMENT, or FEATURE). If you happen to have a patch to attach to
an issue, or wish to point folks to a patch for the issue that's been
submitted to the mailing list, then add the "patch" keyword to the
issue. Then, attach the patch or reference the mailing list archive
URL of the patch-bearing message as needed.
Effort Required is represented in the Status Whiteboard with
an "e number", which is the average of the most optimistic and
most pessimistic projections for number of engineer/days needed to fix
the bug. The e number always comes first, so we can sort on the
field, but we include the actual spread after it, so we know when
we're dealing with a wide range. For example
"e2.5 (2 / 3)" is not quite the same as
"e2.5 (1 / 4)"!
Enter the Issue Tracker
And so, with further ado, we give you (drumroll…) the
Again, remember that to add or modify issues, you must be logged into the website.