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Re: [opensuse-packaging] factory-auto will start checking bnc# visibility

On Nov 21, 13 14:16:48 -0200, Claudio Freire wrote:
On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM, Stefan Behlert <behlert@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Or... just file a new bnc with the non-sensitive description, a link
to the private bnc, and add that to the changelog.

You are aware that we are talking about thousands of bugreports in the
worst case?

No, I do not have SUSE stats.

This would mena that someone has to do this e.g. for all referenced
security bugs, all SLES/SLED bugs and much more.

Supposedly, the work for extracting a minimal description of the bug
into a public source would be small compared to actually fixing the

Which could (and should) be added to the changelog then - not in a new bug.
In my opinion.

Just to make this clear: Yes, we try to file as many bugs against openSUSE
as possible, but there are still a lot left.

I wonder what is planned to achieve with that checking?
You are not gaining any more information, as I doubt that a lot of people
would really duplicate a (closed) security bug and strip of all related
information (which btw makes the duplication worthless).

You are just taking information for some people away.

It is really really wrong to reference a bnc by number on a changelog
when that bnc is private. It adds obscurity into the community and
that's bad.

I agree with you in general, but I think it's worse to NOT have it
referenced. And my fear (and from some past experiences I think it's a
realistic fear) it will not end with people duplicating bug reports.

I agree that automatically checking and giving no exception mechanism
puts SUSE employees in a position where they will probably choose to
not a) push the change into openSuse, or b) reference the bug at all,
and that's also bad.

But lets not forget that adding obscure changelogs *is* *quite* *bad*
in open source.

I think if the short description in the changelog is "obscure", it's not
because of the bugnumber ;)
Realistically, if the changelog is good, how many people check all the
(Note: In an enterprise world the number here is 100% or close to, but I
have my doubts that in openSUSE this is identical. But I have no numbers,
so feel free to correct me.)

So, what do you propose? What *can* SUSE employees do to improve that

My suggestion is to NOT change the current behavior, but put more emphasis
on good changelog texts. Maybe a warning to the submitter is the best
choice, so that he or she can check and (if possible) adjust the state of
the bug?

I am not claiming to have a solution, though :(
My goal is to avoid disadvantages for openSUSE, as I think that all
products will suffer - openSUSE as well as the Enterprise, as it could
result in the loss of synergies.


Stefan Behlert, SUSE LINUX
Project Manager Enterprise Server

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SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Nuernberg; GF: Jeff Hawn, Jennifer Guild, Felix
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