[cfe-dev] [analyzer] Bugzilla Database Cleanup Policy

Artem Dergachev via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Dec 28 17:12:48 PST 2020

I tried to clean up bugzilla bugs about a year ago. 620 doesn't sound 
like a lot but i gave up after about 20 or so.

A lot of the early bugs are Objective-C-related because that's where it 
all began - the retain count checker. We basically had one checker and 
people called it "The Checker". There was also no interprocedural 
analysis at all.

I don't think there's an existing policy so let's try to come up with 

It's pretty unlikely that you'll get replies on 10-year-old bugs. You 
can try to ping the bug (all CCd people including the author will 
receive an email notification) but if it ends up having insufficient 
information there's not much we can do.

Generally, i think it's much better to start with *new* bugs and work 
backwards. Fresh bugs are more likely to be relevant, the author is more 
likely to be available for discussion, and addressing them quickly will 
make them happy.

Having a reproducer is a must for a good bug report. It doesn't have to 
be small, especially given that false positives can't be automatically 
reduced. We also shouldn't ask people to reduce by hand as long as 
they're allowed to provide a full preprocessed file, because not only we 
have enough tools to debug an unreduced bug but also it's still very 
easy to accidentally remove essential bits of the puzzle when you're 
reducing by hand.

If your best effort to reproduce fails and the author is not responding, 
closing an old bug as "works for me" is always a valid option. I don't 
think there's much value in building an ancient clang to reproduce the 
issue and bisecting find the exact commit that fixed.

Once a reproducer is obtained, the next step is to debug the bug. This 
step is not absolutely necessary as whoever finds the bug report will be 
able to do that anyway but it can often be done much faster than fixing 
the bug and also that's the only way to properly categorize the bug 
report (find duplicates, assign to umbrella bugs, etc.). It's usually 
very hard to guess the root cause just by looking at the report but 
exploded graph debugging usually yields the exact answer. So i usually 
try to do that. Especially when the report is about something that i 
thought was working perfectly.

As for categorization, i'm making "umbrella" bugs for large issues that 
affect many users and get reported often. I tag these bugs as [Umbrella] 
and for now there's three of them (you've already seen two). The 
individual instances are duped to them and the dupe count is supposed to 
indicate how big of a problem it is (i don't think it's actually working 

Finally, please cc me if you find something interesting ^.^

On 12/26/20 5:49 AM, Vince Bridgers via cfe-dev wrote:
> Hi all, I looked through the Bugzilla database for the static analysis 
> component. I was wondering what, if any, cleanup policy exists for 
> long standing bugs. I found 620 bugs today. While I did not 
> systematically look at each and every one one those :)  I noticed in 
> passing many were in one of the following various states:
> 1) A duplicate
> 2) An issue that had already been solved
> 3) An issue that's not concrete, or has enough information to start with.
> 4) Some (many?) of which the originator cannot be contacted for 
> further clarification.
> Most of these are Assigned to Ted (especially the ones filed before 
> 2018).
> Artem and/or Devin: Is there a policy we're following if we want to 
> just start going through these issues, triage and cleanup the easier 
> ones?
> May I suggest the following?
> 1) Maybe for the older ones, we can prove they are fixed and close 
> them, documenting how they were proven to be fixed in the bug, leaving 
> an audit trail?
> 2) For ones that are not concrete, vague or have a reproducer, start a 
> discussion on the mailing list, attempt to contact the originator? And 
> after an appropriate time, close the bug as not reproducible?
> 3) Mark duplicates in favor of a more complete description of the issue?
> Please let me know if you have strong preferences to initiate a 
> cleanup, and I'm happy to follow those. I'm also willing to lead and 
> contribute to a cleanup effort.
> Best
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