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Re: Bug reporting URL field in packages



On Tue, 6 Oct 2009, Jon Masters wrote:

On Tue, 2009-10-06 at 10:43 -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:

So I guess the real question is do we want our packages built in koji to
assume a bug URL of fedora, even when used in downstream projects?

I think that's a giant assumption - if the maintainer didn't put that
URL in the package themselves, what makes you think automatically
putting it in there is going to achieve anything different? ;)

I advocate letting people choose for themselves.

Well, there's no semantics attached to the bugurl tag so it's up to distro policies what to use it for: distro bugtracker or upstream bugtracker for that package.

One option that would allow "remapping" the bug address to whatever local configuration says would be leaving part of the bugurl tag as an unexpanded macro, so our buildsys would define bugurl like this:

%bugurl %%{_bugurl_os}/%{name}

With that, the %{name} part is expanded at build time to effectively the source rpm name, and the rest is up to query-time expansion. The extension could return empty if the macro expansion fails (ie when _bugurl_os isn't defined). Something like fedora-release could provide the %_bugurl_os definition by default, and downstream distros, IT admins etc could override it to whatever appropriate. It also permits controlling the bugurl for packages from different sources like 3rd party repositories.
And changing the bug tracker base address doesn't require mass-rebuild.

That's trivial to implement, but would that be sufficient to cover the concerns over arbitrary downstream distros pointing to Fedora bugtracker etc, or should I just let it be?

	- Panu -


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