Bugzilla Upgraded

by MYK MELEZ | Friday evening I upgraded (b.m.o) to the latest version of Bugzilla. The upgrade has given us a number of new features and important bug fixes. It also caused some regressions which we are in the process of identifying and fixing.

Read on for more information about the new features. If you have problems with b.m.o that you think are caused by a new bug in Bugzilla, check the regressions tracking bug to see if your problem has already been reported. If it hasn't been, please file a bug and make it block that one.

While problems with the upgrade are strictly my fault, credit belongs not only to me but to Bradley Baetz, Gervase Markham, Dave Miller, Joel Peshkin, Christian Reis, Erik Stambaugh, and all the other members of the Bugzilla community for adding features, improving stability and performance, helping me prepare for the upgrade and troubleshooting problems afterwards. Thanks all.


Synopis of New Features...

Request Tracker

The request tracker gives patch authors the ability to ask reviewers for review through Bugzilla. Requests for review are stored in the Bugzilla database and displayed in the individual bug reports as well as in a "request queue" page that shows all (or a filtered subset of) pending requests. The feature modifies the way attachment statuses work; for more information see the brief online documentation:

User Matching

You can now enter part of a Bugzilla user's name or email address when adding them to the cc: list or making them the assignee or QA contact for a bug. If the string you enter matches multiple users, Bugzilla will prompt you with a list of users to choose from.

(written by Gervase Markham)

Bugzilla has a new mechanism for generating reports of the current state of the bug database. It has two, related parts: a table-based view, and a several graphical views.

The table-based view allows you to specify an x, y and z (multiple tables of data) axis to plot, and then restrict the bugs plotted using the standard query form. You can take the data as HTML or CSV, for importing into a spreadsheet. Each number in the HTML version of the table is linked to a query which produces the list.

So, for example, a Netscape manager could plot assignee vertically, and severity horizontally, and restrict assignee to the names of his managees. He would then be able to see which of his managees was overloaded with severe bugs.

There are also bar, line and pie charts, which are defined in a very similar way. These views may be more appropriate for particular data types, and are suitable for saving and then putting into presentations or web pages.

Note that no attempt is made to prevent you from plotting silly data sets. For example, if you plot a graph of "assignee" along the X axis, and choose a line graph, your line won't mean very much.

This feature is in its first revision, so filed bugs and suggestions are welcome. Also, beware — it hasn't been used on a big site yet, and we don't know what sort of impact on performance it'll have, but using it is probably fairly resource-intensive, particularly if the total number of bugs involved is large. So:
  • please add conditions so you are only reporting on bugs you care about
  • please don't generate reports just for fun
  • please don't generate reports regularly using a cron job
  • please don't link to report .PNGs from a web page, but save the images and mirror them instead
(You can switch between report types using the controls at the bottom.)

Autolinkification Page

It's now possible to apply Bugzilla's comment hyperlinking algorithm to any text you like. This should be useful for status updates and other web pages which give lists of bugs. The bug links created include the subject, status and resolution of the bug as a tooltip.

XUL Version of Duplicates Report

There's a XUL version of the duplicates report. It supports the same parameters as the HTML version and allows column resizing, reorganizing, ordering, and hiding as well as a split-pane interface with the list on top and a iframe for loading bug reports below.

At the moment you need to enable codebase principals by adding the following line to your prefs.js for the report to work:

user_pref("signed.applets.codebase_principal_support", true);

In the near future we'll make a signed version available at the following URL that won't require any modifications to your browser:!/duplicates.xul

Miscellaneous Changes
  • there are more <link> tags on the links toolbar for navigating quickly between different areas
  • buglists are now available as comma-separated value files (CSV) (link at the bottom)
  • the "guided" bug entry form is now mandatory for users without confirmation privileges
  • you can now enter keywords and dependencies during initial bug entry
  • the performance of some queries and CGIs has been improved

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