Do you use Binary package hint: line in bug description?

Kate Stewart kate.stewart at
Wed Jun 8 22:16:43 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-06-08 at 15:08 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 08, 2011 at 05:52:17PM -0400, Francis J. Lacoste wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > When user file bugs on the distribution and enter a package name in the 
> > widget, Launchpad automatically adds a line to the description with
> > Binary package hint: binarypackagename
> > 
> > That binarypackagename actually comes from the last binary generated from the 
> > sourcepackage found by the user. (If the user actually entered a binary 
> > package name, we will find the corresponding sourcepackage name and then set 
> > the binarypackage hint line to the 'official binary name' - not the one 
> > entered to the user.)
> > 
> > Is that "feature" useful to you? The logic to retrieve this binary package 
> > name is really convulated and there doesn't seem to be a strong use case for 
> > it. I'd really like to get rid of it. But maybe that Binary package hint: is 
> > really useful to you?
> Personally in my own usage I find it unuseful and cluttery.  I generally
> delete it if I am editing bug descriptions.  I've never encountered a
> situation where it was of any use.
> I double-checked with Brian Murray, who has a broader view of bugs; he
> doesn't see a usefulness for it either.
> > Additional notes: that only happens when user file bugs through email or the 
> > /ubuntu/+filebug page (which is hidden away behind a wiki page discouraging 
> > people to use it).
> > 
> > That's different from the comment added 'The original reporter indicated...' 
> > which is added when we cannot find a related source package to what the user 
> > entered.
> > 
> > Eagerly waiting for your ok to fire the deletion trigger :-)
> +1 from me.  Fairly sure no one will even miss it.

I've not seen it be used commonly,  and getting rid of the special cases
and standardizing the data available is desirable. 

Unless someone can provide a good justification for keeping it, I'm +1
as well. 


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