Ubuntu Error Tracker data retention

Alex Murray alex.murray at canonical.com
Tue May 17 04:46:00 UTC 2022

On Mon, 2022-05-16 at 15:11:27 -0700, Brian Murray wrote:

> On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 10:29:30AM +0930, Alex Murray wrote:
>> On Thu, 2022-05-12 at 13:38:38 -0700, Brian Murray wrote:
>> > The Ubuntu Error Tracker receives crash reports from all releases of
>> > Ubuntu which are not out of standard support. These crash reports are
>> > then aggregated into buckets where some meta-information (package
>> > version and release of Ubuntu) about those crash reports is collected.
>> > The crash data in the Ubuntu Error Tracker is kept until the release
>> > reaches its end of standard support, however not all the data from each
>> > individual crash gets scrubbed and there is still some detailed
>> > information for crashes from releases as old as Ubuntu 12.04.
>> >
>> > I plan on changing this policy so that all the information from
>> > individual crash reports (basically what is in the .crash file) is
>> > removed when the release reaches its end of standard support. That would
>> > mean that all the information for crashes from Ubuntu 21.10 would be
>> > removed in July of 2022 and for Ubuntu 18.04 it would be removed in
>> > April of 2023. Keeping in mind that a crash bucket would still indicate
>> > that old release and package version were affected are there any
>> > objections to this change in data retention?
>> We are now supporting LTS releases for 5 additional years via ESM and so
>> from the security team's perspective 16.04 will be supported* until 2026
>> and 18.04 until 2028. I can imagine it would be useful to still have
>> error reports retained and collected for these releases during this ESM
>> period to help identify any possible regressions introduced via ESM
>> security updates.
>> So as a general rule, for the LTS releases can we please retain and
>> support them in the Ubuntu Error Tracker for 10 years?
> I don't think having an individual crash report from 2016 would be
> useful in 2021, let alone in 2026. How would the security team feel
> about keeping the individual crashes for a maximum of 5 years?

Oh that is a good point - indeed, 5 years for the individual crash
reports themselves sounds quite sufficient.

> --
> Brian Murray

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