[llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] RFC: Switching from Bugzilla to Github Issues [UPDATED]

Philip Reames via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Apr 21 16:37:03 PDT 2020

On 4/21/20 3:36 PM, Richard Smith wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 11:04, Philip Reames via cfe-dev 
> <cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:
>     +1 to James's take
>     I'd prefer simplicity of implementation over perfection here.
> If we end up with two different bug numbering systems, that's a 
> problem that we will be paying for for many years. It's worth some 
> investment now to avoid that problem. And it doesn't seem like it 
> really requires much investment.

I used to think this was super important, but I've now been through a 
couple of conversions which didn't provide a 1-to-1 mapping.  It's 
annoying for about 6 months, and after that, you basically forget it 
happened.  As long as old bugs are searchable in the new system, and you 
can find the new ID from the old system, the exact identifier isn't as 

Anyways, this is all subjective and I'm certainty not volunteering to 
work on this, so IMHO my own opinion doesn't really count.  :)

> Here's another path we could take:
> 1) Fork the llvm repository to a private "bugs" repository. Mirror the 
> bugzilla issues there. Iterate until we're happy, as per James's proposal.
> 2) Sync the forked repository to the llvm repository, delete the llvm 
> repository, rename "bugs" to "llvm", and make it public.
> Then we'll have the first N bugs in llvm-project/llvm being *exactly* 
> the bugzilla bugs, and we'll have excised the existing github issues 
> that we want to pretend never existed anyway.
> I think we've missed an important step in the planning here: we've not 
> agreed on a set of goals for the transition. Here are mine:
>  * We end up with one single issue tracking system containing all 
> issues, both old and new, both open and closed.
>  * All links and references to existing bugs still work.
>  * We have a single bug numbering system covering all bugs, and old 
> bugs retain their numbers.
> It sounds like we don't all agree that the last point is important, 
> but if we can achieve it without any significant additional cost, why 
> not do so?
>     Philip
>     On 4/20/20 4:08 PM, James Y Knight via llvm-dev wrote:
>>     In a previous discussion, one other suggestion had been to
>>     migrate all the bugzilla bugs to a separate initially-private
>>     "bug archive" repository in github. This has a few benefits:
>>     1. If the migration is messed up, the repo can be deleted, and
>>     the process run again, until we get a result we like.
>>     2. The numbering can be fully-controlled.
>>     Once the bugs are migrated to /some/ github repository,
>>     individual issues can then be "moved" between repositories, and
>>     github will redirect from the movefrom-repository's bug to the
>>     target repository's bug.
>>     We could also just have llvm.org/PR###
>>     <http://llvm.org/PR#%23%23> be the url only for legacy bugzilla
>>     issue numbers -- and have it use a file listing the mappings of
>>     bugzilla id -> github id to generate the redirects. (GCC just did
>>     this recently for svn revision number redirections,
>>     https://gcc.gnu.org/pipermail/gcc/2020-April/232030.html).
>>     Then we could introduce a new naming scheme for github issue
>>     shortlinks.
>>     On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 3:50 PM Richard Smith via llvm-dev
>>     <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:
>>         On Mon, 20 Apr 2020 at 12:31, Tom Stellard via llvm-dev
>>         <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:
>>             Hi,
>>             I wanted to continue discussing the plan to migrate from
>>             Bugzilla to Github.
>>             It was suggested that I start a new thread and give a
>>             summary of the proposal
>>             and what has changed since it was originally proposed in
>>             October.
>>             == Here is the original proposal:
>>             http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-October/136162.html
>>             == What has changed:
>>             * You will be able to subscribe to notifications for a
>>             specific issue
>>               labels.  We have a proof of concept notification system
>>             using github actions
>>               that will be used for this.
>>             * Emails will be sent to llvm-bugs when issues are opened
>>             or closed.
>>             * We have the initial list of labels:
>>             https://github.com/llvm/llvm-project/labels
>>             == Remaining issue:
>>             * There is one remaining issue that I don't feel we have
>>             consensus on,
>>             and that is what to do with bugs in the existing
>>             bugzilla.  Here are some options
>>             that we have discussed:
>>             1. Switch to GitHub issues for new bugs only. Bugs filed
>>             in bugzilla that are
>>             still active will be updated there until they are
>>             closed.  This means that over
>>             time the number of active bugs in bugzilla will slowly
>>             decrease as bugs are closed
>>             out.  Then at some point in the future, all of the bugs
>>             from bugzilla will be archived
>>             into their own GitHub repository that is separate from
>>             the llvm-project repo.
>>             2. Same as 1, but also create a migration script that
>>             would allow anyone to
>>             manually migrate an active bug from bugzilla to a GitHub
>>             issue in the llvm-project
>>             repo.  The intention with this script is that it would be
>>             used to migrate high-traffic
>>             or important bugs from bugzilla to GitHub to help
>>             increase the visibility of the bug.
>>             This would not be used for mass migration of all the bugs.
>>             3. Do a mass bug migration from bugzilla to GitHub and
>>             enable GitHub issues at the same time.
>>             Closed or inactive bugs would be archived into their own
>>             GitHub repository, and active bugs
>>             would be migrated to the llvm-project repo.
>>         Can we preserve the existing bug numbers if we migrate this
>>         way? There are lots of references to "PRxxxxx" in checked in
>>         LLVM artifacts and elsewhere in the world, as well as links
>>         to llvm.org/PRxxxxx <http://llvm.org/PRxxxxx>, and if we can
>>         preserve all the issue numbers this would ease the transition
>>         pain substantially.
>>             The key difference between proposal 1,2 and 3, is when
>>             bugs will be archived from bugzilla
>>             to GitHub.  Delaying the archiving of bugs (proposals 1
>>             and 2) means that we can migrate
>>             to GitHub issues sooner (within 1-2 weeks), whereas
>>             trying to archive bugs during the
>>             transition (proposal 3) will delay the transition for a
>>             while (likely several months)
>>             while we evaluate the various solutions for moving bugs
>>             from bugzilla to GitHub.
>>             The original proposal was to do 1 or 2, however there
>>             were some concerns raised on the list
>>             that having 2 different places to search for bugs for
>>             some period of time would
>>             be very inconvenient.  So, I would like to restart this
>>             discussion and hopefully we can
>>             come to some kind of conclusion about the best way forward.
>>             Thanks,
>>             Tom
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