Re: Planned changes for to reduce the "Bugzilla blues"

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On 29.09.22 13:19, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> Hi!
> TLDR: Core Linux kernel developers are unhappy with the state of
>; to improve things I plan to change a few important
> aspects of its configuration, unless somebody comes up with better ideas
> to tackle current problems: (1) Create a catch-all product making it
> totally obvious to submitters that likely nobody will look into the
> ticket. (2) Remove or hide all products & components where the subsystem
> didn't fully commit to look into newly submitted reports. (3) Change the
> text on the front page to make it clear that most kernel bug reports
> need to be sent by mail.
> I recently brought the state of up for discussion on
> the kernel summit and the kernel maintainers summit in sessions about my
> regression tracking efforts. Long story short and rough: in both
> sessions attendees were quite unhappy about the current state and wanted
> things to change for the better. As I brought that topic up, I guess I
> have to get things rolling now.
> But before getting into the details, a quick & rough reminder about the
> current state of
>  * The server and the software running on it are well maintained by the
> the infrastructure team (Konstantin et al.); many thx for this!
>  * Products, components, default assignees, et al. OTOH are heavily
> outdated, incomplete, or wrong: maintaining this is not the job of the
> infrastructure team and nobody else has stepped up to take care of this
> (for a few more details see:
>  * To the best of my knowledge was never really
> sanctioned as the official place to report all sorts of kernel bugs:
> only 20 (most of them from the area of ACPI/PM and PCI) out of ~2500
> entries in MAINTAINERS currently tell users to report issues there; most
> other subsystems just mention email contacts, a few (like the DRM
> developers) point reporters to external bugtrackers.
>  * Developers of subsystems committed to the bug-tracker afaics usually
> react to reports submitted in A few other
> developers & subsystems keep an eye on reports, too; some do this
> directly, others rely on bugzilla forwarding reports for certain
> products/components by mail to the subsystem's mailing list. Quite some
> or a lot of tickets are not forwarded to any developer or mailing list
> at all.
>  * In the end lots of bug and regression reports (even good ones!) never
> get a reply from a developer, as a brief analysis of mine showed
> (
> ). I at least currently try to work a bit against this by briefly
> looking at each new report and forwarding any by mail that looks like a
> regression worth forwarding (I ignore everything else). Artem S.
> Tashkinov also looks into some (all?) reports and tries to help reporters.
> The sessions on kernel summit and the kernel maintainers summit
> discussed the current state only for a few minutes. It's hard to
> summarize these discussions, but let me try to mention the aspects that
> are important for now:
>  * In both sessions members of the audience seemed pretty unhappy to me
> about the current state of things.
>  * In the kernel summit sessions (recording:
> ) Len Brown stated that he and
> fellow ACPI/PM developers rely on and would need
> some replacement if it's decommissioned.
>  * On the maintainers summit (see the last section of
> for a brief write-up that coined the
> term "Bugzilla blues") someone brought up the upstream development of
> bugzilla the software seems to be dead; there was not even one strong
> advocate for and the general vibe tented into the
> direction of "let's get rid of it". But it was also mentioned that
> does something useful which will need a replacement:
> a place where reporters can upload big files needed for debugging problems.
> In the end that made me settle on this plan of action:
>  1. Finding a replacement for bugzilla will take a while, so for now
> let's try to reduce some of its aspects that are bothering people:
>   1a. Create a new product/component that can act as a catch-all bug,
> but makes it pretty clear that nobody might see the report because it's
> not forwarded to anyone. People can use it to upload files for debugging
> and link to them in mailed reports. People unable or unwilling to report
> issues my mail (see 1c) could use it to submit issues, too. The outcome
> then is the same as before, but at least people were told upfront about
> the likely outcome; it also gives users a chance to help each other or
> to coordinate before properly reporting an issue.
>   1b. Go through the list of products and components and hide or remove
> *all* where the subsystem didn't fully commit to look into newly
> submitted reports. Minimum requirements to remain listed will be along
> these lines: subsystem mentions in MAINTAINERS or a
> developer listed in MAINTAINERS is one of the default assignees in
> bugzilla. Subsystems where bugzilla forwards mails to a mailing list can
> remain listed as well, if the recent history shows the developers look
> into newly filed bugs. I'll use my best judgment in the transition
> process and will file "anyone listening?" bugs if in a doubt.
>   1c. Make it obvious on the front-page of that most
> kernel developers want bug reports to be submitted by mail; mention the
> subsystems that accept reports there and point to the catch-all bug (see
> 1a) as a last straw.
>  2. See if everybody is happy with the new state for the time being; if
> not further fine-tune things or speed up step (3).
>  3. Work out what we want as replacement.
> Anyone any comments on this or helpful ideas how to make things even
> better? Otherwise, I'll in a week or two get down and start working on
> realizing the points listed under step (1).
> Ciao, Thorsten

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