[llvm-dev] Proposal for an alternative bugtracking workflow

James Y Knight via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jan 15 15:31:14 PST 2019

Well, it's not really critical for us _now_, because we have not switched
to github issues. And I can't really see any possibility of that happening
in the short-term, either.

Even once we do decide we want to move that way -- which we haven't yet
even done -- it'll be a long road to making it happen, and I suspect
there's many more critical missing features that we'll discover along the

IMO, the best thing to focus on for fixing issue tracking in the short
term, would be to resolve the most pressing issue in our bugzilla
installation: that users cannot file bugs, because they'll get discouraged
at step #1: creating an account.

The best thing there is to figure out how to support 'login with github' (

A next-best-thing, since that seems a lot more difficult than it should be,
would be to figure out how to re-enable account creation.

Possibly the spam overload was a temporary thing, and we can just re-enable
Or, if spam remains a serious issue, quite possibly it's untargeted, and we
can fix it just by slightly tweaking the account creation form (e.g. adding
another field: "Type LLVM into the following box: [     ]", and verifying
that that was done on the server).
Or, if it's targeted spam, maybe we have to figure out how to add a captcha
to the account create page.

On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 4:56 PM Chandler Carruth <chandlerc at gmail.com>

> (briefly focused on notifications / subscriptions to tags)
> Somewhat regardless of whether we use a single repo of issue tracking or
> multiple repos of issue tracking, we will need this. As a concrete example,
> I suspect maintainers of a particular target will have a strong desire to
> follow issues with *that* target, but not all other targets, and yet here
> we will have enough overlap to make these necessarily go into a single repo.
> As to who should own this, I think that the community as a whole *has* to
> invest in infrastructure to support excellent issue tracking. The current
> situation is actively hurting the entire project, and IMO is even more
> urgent to fix than moving the code to github. So I think there are lots of
> resources we can and should point at addressing basic missing functionality
> like notifications.
> Ilya, can you forward whatever ticket or tracking entry there is here? I'd
> love to try and surface the critical nature of this for the LLVM project to
> GitHub folks.
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 8:03 AM Ilya Biryukov <ibiryukov at google.com>
> wrote:
>> The script queries **all** issues with specified labels and "notifies" on
>> each of those.
>> While this approach works, I doubt it would scale well if everyone is
>> doing this by hand. OTOH, building a service that does this for everyone
>> might be feasible, albeit non-trivial and it's not clear who should own
>> this.
>> So overall having this supported by GitHub would mean a much better UX...
>> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:09 PM James Y Knight <jyknight at google.com>
>> wrote:
>>> BTW, Google search found this tool:
>>> https://github.com/bcongdon/github-label-notify
>>> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 8:02 AM Ilya Biryukov via llvm-dev <
>>> llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM Chandler Carruth <chandlerc at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Has anyone reached out to GitHub about potentially enabling this?
>>>> For the lack of a better place, filed a ticker against GitHub support.
>>>> Will update the thread when they come back to me.
>>>> --
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Ilya Biryukov
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>> Ilya Biryukov
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