That need to close bugs?

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at
Sat Sep 22 09:38:29 UTC 2007

On Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 12:58:25PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:

> I agree entirely. What drives *me* batty in turn is when people take a
> confirmed, complete report, ask why it hasn't been fixed yet, and close
> it as invalid because obviously something that's been around for a
> couple of releases can't be relevant any more. Or when people reject
> perfectly valid and complete wishlist bugs (note that it usually takes a
> lot less for a wishlist bug to be complete) because they should be
> specifications (they shouldn't, in most cases) or just because they're
> wishlist. As a developer, I wish I didn't have to spend time checking my
> bug mail just to make sure that well-intentioned but mistaken triagers
> aren't taking items off my to-do list that I want to stay there.

Something appears to have flagged all inactive bugs as invalid. Apart 
from generating a ridiculous quantity of email for no obviously good 
reason, a pile of perfectly valid wishlist bugs or issues that require 
further work in the rest of the distribution first have suddenly closed. 
Who on earth thought that this was a good idea?

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at

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