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Old 03-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Ben Hutchings
 
Default Bug#619608: Add command to split a bug

Package: bugs.debian.org
Severity: wishlist

I often see submitters wrongly following-up to a bug and describing
symptoms that are superficially similar to the original, but (to me
as maintainer) obviously a separate bug.

I can ask them to open a separate bug, or I can forward the message
to submit@bugs and the use 'submitter' to make it their bug, but it
is somewhat prone to failure.

It would be very useful to have a command that would turn a message
on an existing bug into a new bug. Ideally, the submitter, title,
etc. would be taken from that message as if it had been sent to
submit@bugs. This would also send a notification to the follow-up
submitter that they have a new bug number. I assume that actually
moving messages would be problematic, so perhaps the message could
be copied and then hidden-by-default in the original bug report?

It would also be useful to be able to copy multiple messages when
doing this, in case there were replies to the erroneous follow-up.
But that's relatively unimportant.

Ben.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.1
APT prefers stable
APT policy: (990, 'stable'), (500, 'squeeze-updates'), (100, 'proposed-updates'), (100, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-486
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash



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