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Re: Status of Bugzilla?
- From: Joel Sherrill <joel dot sherrill at OARcorp dot com>
- To: Daniel Berlin <dan at dberlin dot org>
- Cc: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 18:13:19 -0600
- Subject: Re: Status of Bugzilla?
- Organization: OAR Corporation
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- Reply-to: joel dot sherrill at OARcorp dot com
Daniel Berlin wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Joel Sherrill wrote:
> > Daniel Berlin wrote:
> > >
> > > On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Richard Kenner wrote:
> > >
> > > > Filing and replying don't require a browser interface; so that doesn't
> > > > invalidate my point.
> > > >
> > > > But those aren't typically the activities I'd want to do, which are
> > > > browsing the database for bugs I might want work on. I did this once,
> > > > but it was so slow, it's a major disincentive to try it again.
> > > Bugzilla querying is *so much* faster than gnats it's not funny.
> > I know that Bugzilla is based on a real database and thus has
> > an advantage but couldn't the speed of gnats be improved?
> > And is this speed differential the same with the newer gnats 4.x?
> I don't have a database with gnats 4.x to compare to.
> However, the changelog only contains the words fast or speed twice total,
> and nothing in the news file except that you can do more powerful queries
> (IE nothing about them being faster).
> > Abandoning gnats for any other system seems like effort which
> > could be put into optimizing gnats. gcc is not the only project
> > using gnats.
> Sorry, it's not just speed.
> And there are a lot more installations of bugzilla these days
> than gnats.
OK. But Bugzilla uses the Mozilla Public License which is
not compatible with the GPL. So ignoring technical issues,
the proposal replaces a GPL program with a non-GPL program.
Is that in and of itself enough reason for the project not
to use it? I don't know. In matters like this, I defer
to RMS and the FSF.
> > I must be getting old.. I remember when people fixed free software
> > rather than abandoning it. :)
> We've been through this before.
> > > I don't see the big deal in using a text mode browser if you don't feel
> > > like firing up netscape.
> > But gnats also has an email interface which breaks all requirements
> > of real interactivity.
> Which wasn't being used either in this case.
So be it but is it is a capability in gnats.
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D. Director of Research & Development
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