Auto Bug Expiry on Launchpad

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Fri Oct 15 20:44:17 BST 2010

On Friday, October 15, 2010 09:31:38 am Deryck Hodge wrote:
> Hi, all.
> I'm sure many of you may have heard by now, but we're getting close to
> re-enabling automatic bug expiry on Launchpad.  There's a post about
> this on the Launchpad blog:
> What do you mean "re-enabling"?
> -------------------------------
> Launchpad has always advertised that we auto-expire inactive
> incomplete bugs, but we haven’t done this for awhile now.  Some
> developers are using their own launchpadlib scripts which set bug
> tasks to the EXPIRED status based on the same criteria that Launchpad
> will use.
> These individual scripts will no longer be needed once we re-enable
> auto expiry on Launchpad itself.
> What does this means for Ubuntu?
> --------------------------------
> Ubuntu is already configured to take advantage of automatic expiry.
> Next week, we will do a few test runs of the script that expires bugs.
>  We will start with a full run on our staging server, which will not
> affect the main Launchpad site but will give us an idea if we're doing
> the right thing with expiry.  We will then begin batched runs against
>, doing runs of 100 or 200 bugs at a time.  Again, this
> is to make sure we're not expiring bugs we shouldn't and to make it
> easier to recover from mistakes.
> Once we get through a few batched runs on and we're
> confident we're expiring the correct bugs and everything is working
> smoothly with this feature, we will set the bug expiry script to do
> regular runs, expiring all eligible bug tasks with each run.

Why are we convinced throwing away bugs is a good idea?

Scott K

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