On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 2:08 AM, Nathan Wagner <nw...@hydaspes.if.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 04, 2015 at 04:30:49PM -0700, Josh Berkus wrote:
> > That would be the key part, wouldn't it?  Nice that you have [code to
> > store and parse email messages].
> Yeah.  It actually made most of the work pretty easy.  It's available
> with a bunch of other code at https://pd.if.org/git/ if anyone wants it.
> I did find a bug in my header processing though, so I'll need to commit
> that fix.

Note that we already have all the emails in a database, as parsed out for
archives.postgresql.org. There is also an API for this, but it's only
available internally. This one is used for example by the commitfest app,
which is in many ways doing things that are very similar to this one. If we
were to proceed down this road, I would strongly suggest that we utilize
this API (at least then we will have a consistent set of MIME parsing

> > We'd also want a way to link a bug fix to a commit, and probably a way
> > to give the bug a list of searchable keywords (and add to that list).
> I've been thinking of hooking it up to the fti machinery and providing
> a search box.  I've never really used fti before, so this might be a
> good opportunity to learn it for real.

Again, we already have an API for searching the archives that can do this
for us. No need to re-invent the wheel there. (And it's based on the
PostgreSQL fts functionality - of course)

> > > it probably makes sense to just close up front bugs that are marked
> > > against unsupported pg versions, or haven't had any activity for too
> > > long, perhaps two years.
> > I'm reluctant to close all of those unexamined, since part of the
> > purpose of this is to find bugs which were never fixed.  Probably we
> > should organize a posse to comb trhough all of the old bugs and
> > hand-close them.
> I'm doing some of that as I poke at the bugs pages.  Perhaps it would
> make sense to have a closed status of 'stale' or the like (perhaps
> that's what you meant by 'timed out') which could be used to get bugs
> out of the main list but still be marked as 'not human reviewed'.  These
> could then be reviewed by the posse.

I think this is definitely a state that's needed, no matter what it's
called.  In particular in the beginning.

But if looking at the bugtrackers at other projects, this is a state that
often holds a *lot* of bugs. And having an explicit one like that would
make it easier for all the volunteers to know what to look at immediately -
it would be a good goal for such a group to ensure that no bugs remain in
that state.

> > Yeah, fixing this [email's without a bug id] would probably be tied to
> > the possible change to mailman.  Unless someone already has a way to
> > get majordomo to append a bug ID.
> How are bug ids assigned now?  From the evidence, I assume there is a
> sequence in a database that the web submission form queries to format a
> resulting email to the bugs mailing list.  Do the mailing lists live on
> the same server?  If so, perhaps it would be easy to assign a new bug id
> to a new thread on -bugs.  But perhaps that's too aggressive in creating
> bugs.

Correct, that's exactly what it does.

I don't think we want to assign a new bug id to a new thread immediately.
Given how many people post a new thread referencing an old one.

I think we'd want an interface that lets you either pick an existing thread
on bugs that has no bug id and create one for it, or pick a thread and
attach it to an existing thread. Note that we also need to cover things
like threads on hackers (it's very common that a thread is opened on
hackers about the same point), as well as the enentual commit message.

Again, this is fairly similar to what the commitfest app does, by allowing
you to attach multiple threads.

I'm not saying it's a good idea to use the CF app as-is, but the fact is
that much of what it does is very similar - it adds a bunch of metadata to
mailthreads and tracks that metadata. Which is pretty much what this tool
would/should do. But it's an almost completely different set of metadata,
so I don't think merging them is a good idea.

> > > 5: How can we use email to update the status of a bug?
> > >
> > > I suggest using email headers to do this.  'X-PGBug-Fixed:
> > > <commitid>' and the like.  I assume here that everyone who might
> > > want to do such a thing uses an MUA that would allow this, and they
> > > know how.
> >
> > I guess that depends on who we expect to use this, at least for
> > closing stuff.
> I could certainly support more than one mechanism.  A web interface for
> those who would prefer such and emails would seem to be the basic
> requirements.

Using email headers I think is a no-go. Way too many of the people who
would be doing it don' use MUAs that let them do that. I think the way to
go is in-message keywords at the start of a line. And in that case
everybody should use those, to make things consistent.

> > > 6: Does there need to be any security on updating the status?
> > >
> > > Probably not.  I don't think it's the sort of thing that would
> > > attract malicious adjustments.  If I'm wrong, I'd need to rethink
> > > this.  I realize I'm making security an afterthought, which makes my
> > > teeth itch, but I think layers of security would make it much less
> > > likely to be actually adopted.
> >
> > I think there needs to be some kind of administrative access which
> > allows, for example, an issue to be closed so that it can't be
> > reopened.
> I guess technically we have that now since I'm the only one who can
> close or open a bug in the db I've set up :)
> Seriously though, I think it probably makes the most sense to tie the
> system in with the existing pg community accounts if it goes that far.

Yes, absolutely 100% that. We do not need another set of userids etc.

We might want to need the ability to assign permissions based on *what* is
done. More workflow base. As said, it will probably be required to be able
to prevent a bug from  being reopened. But I think it's a good idea to by
default allow anybody to do that - sort of like the wiki, where we let
anybody do the edits, but we do end up locking some pages later on if
things are being abused.


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