[llvm-dev] RFC: Bug-closing protocol

Tom Stellard via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jun 12 13:36:48 PDT 2018

On 06/12/2018 07:51 AM, via llvm-dev wrote:
> TL;DR: It's okay to close a bug, if you can justify it properly.
> Recently there has been a spate of bug-closing with what I would call
> inadequate documentation.  Comments such as "Obsolete?" or "I assume 
> it's fixed" could be applied to nearly every open bug we have.  While 
> this does reduce the open bug count--something I have been watching 
> with morbid fascination for years--I do fear that the reduction is
> potentially artificial, and incorrectly puts the onus on the original
> bug author to reopen the case.
> I suggest that closing a bug can be done IF AND ONLY IF you also state
> one of the following:
> - that revision NNNNNN actually fixed the bug

There is a field in bugzilla called "Fixed By Commits" that I added
specifically for this information.


> - that the bug cannot be reproduced with revision NNNNNN
> - that the circumstances for the bug don't apply anymore; e.g.,
>   "This is about the makefiles and we don't use makefiles anymore."
> - sound reasons for not fixing something (WONTFIX)
> - some specific and plausible reason to think that a given bug is
>   otherwise inapplicable or obsolete
> In particular, "Obsolete?" and "I assume it's fixed" are NOT enough
> justification to close a bug.
> If people are okay with this, I'd expect adding a new section to the
> Developer Policy is probably the right place to put it.
> Comments/brickbats welcome...
> --paulr
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