Proposed Features for Launchpad Bugs 3.0 - call for help!

Cesare Tirabassi norsetto at
Fri Aug 1 12:46:38 BST 2008

On Friday 01 August 2008 12:50:29 you wrote:
> Cesare Tirabassi <norsetto at> writes:

> This sounds rather like a bug than a spec to me. Is there already a
> bugnumber for it? If not, can you please file a bug and tell me the number?

I have no idea if there is a bug already filed for this. Manually scanning 
1200+ bugs is not an option and, as you know, searching for bugs containing 
keywords (I tried source with/without info and couldn't get anywhere) never 
works for me (usually, I can find more relevant LP bugs via google than via 
LP itself).
Assuming there isn't, I will file one and let you have the bug number.
Note that wgrant pointed out to me that there are now tooltips to give some of 
this information (thanks wgrant), but in my opinion this is just a 
palliative. When I actually need to use this info what should I do, write it 
down on a piece of paper? And the tooltip disappear anyway after few seconds.

> As far as I understand it, you can say "here is a bug in debbugs, it
> also affects ubuntu, please import all comments, status, etc from
> debbugs to launchpad and auto create a 'forwarded bugtask'."

OK, don't, please don't. The way I understand it this is likely to create more 
confusion than solve any real issue.

> The best we can do is to document (using bug numbers) and group (using
> tags) the annoying things. This is work, obviously, but I don't see
> another way how to get further on this issue.

From my own experience, raising bugs in LP about LP is as much effective as 
trying to empty the ocean with a (leaking) bucket.
IMHO adding the homepage in the source package info would be a big help 
(assuming we can get that back to the bug page). When I need to check 
upstream (maybe its an update, maybe to see if a bug has been filed already 
there or fixed in their VCS) the only solution that I know of to do it 
through LP is to gunzip the diff.gz. Again, I could not find if such a 
request was filed already and knowing that the effect of raising such bugs 
tends to zero I was never motivated to do it myself (beside, I just use 
Now you tell me we should do it, fine, I will, and let me see how far we go 
with these.


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