TagLib development

Lukáš Lalinský lalinsky at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 08:26:32 CET 2009

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 7:17 PM, Michael Smith <msmith at xiph.org> wrote:
> Personally, I like bugzilla. It's a horrible UI, but despite this it's
> a better bug tracker than anything else I've used. However, taglib is
> a "small" project - it doesn't get a huge number of bug reports, nor
> does it have a lot of active developers. So, I don't really think a
> powerful bug tracker is all that essential - using something the
> maintainer is familiar with and happy using is more important.

There are two main problems I see with Bugzilla:

 - It's scary. People who are not used to it prefer to submit bug
reports some other way (this mailing list, IRC). The problem with this
that I'd really like to have all bugs reported in the bug tracker. I
don't want to go through mailing list archives to make sure I haven't
missed some bug. I'd like to use the bug tracker to get an overview of
problems in TagLib and I think it would be useful to more than myself.

 - To this day I haven't figured out how to make Bugzilla send me an
email on new bugs reported. I probably could have it configured to
assign bugs to me by default, but that would fix the problem only for
me. I think there are at least two people who want to be notified
about new bugs (Scott, me).

> Getting existing reports into the new system is pretty important though.

I agree that moving the history is important.

> bzr is not my favourite system, but moving on from svn is a goal I
> agree with. bzr is capable and usable, so that'd be fine with me. I
> wouldn't personally bother with a bzr mirror of the 1.x tree, but I
> have no particular objection to it existing.

Well, the mirror already exists
(https://code.launchpad.net/~taglib/taglib/trunk), so that's not any
extra work. Of course, this is mainly for me, because back-porting of
bug fixes will be easier using just one vcs.

> I don't have commit
> access to taglib at the moment, so all my patches have just gone to
> bugzilla and been committed by others (i.e. you :-), so probably my
> opinion here doesn't count too heavily.

I think it does count. :)

Lukas Lalinsky
lalinsky at gmail.com

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