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Re: [www-patch] bugs/management.html: document new keyword "meta-bug"

On 14 Oct, Gerald Pfeifer wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Volker Reichelt wrote:
>> Index: management.html
>> ===================================================================
>> +<p><strong>Meta-bugs (reports with the keyword "meta-bug")</strong> are
>> +used to group PR's that have a common denominator.  Meta-bugs do not have
>> +own testcases, but provide links to regular PR's via Bugzilla's "depends
>> +on/blocks" mechanism instead
> "testcases of their own"?


> And I recall that I recently read an essay (actually, a rant) that one
> should use PRs, not PR's (in a different context and with a different
> noun, though).

Well, both versions appear to be correct, but "the latest trend in the uses
of the apostrophe to pluralize numbers and abbreviations is to not include
an apostrophe" (according to
So I'll go woth your suggestion.

Btw, shouldn't we add a paragraph about apostrophes and abbreviations to

>> + (a link to a regular PR is added via
>> +"depends on <em>PR-number</em>" on the Bugzilla page of the meta-bug).
> Perhaps omit this to keep the page a bit shorter? (I'm not a Bugzilla
> expert, but even for me this bit was evident when I first saw it on the
> web page. <g>)

Well, the intention was to get the direction of the dependency right.
How about the following?


Index: management.html
RCS file: /cvs/gcc/wwwdocs/htdocs/bugs/management.html,v
retrieving revision 1.18
diff -u -p -r1.18 management.html
--- management.html	5 Oct 2003 12:54:35 -0000	1.18
+++ management.html	13 Oct 2003 23:37:53 -0000
@@ -207,6 +207,13 @@ severity "<strong>critical</strong>" to 
 be downgraded later if a defect is not important enough to justify
 "critical" severity.</p>
+<p><strong>Meta-bugs (reports with the keyword "meta-bug")</strong> are
+used to group PRs that have a common denominator.  Meta-bugs do not have
+testcases of their own, but provide links to regular PRs via Bugzilla's
+"depends on/blocks" mechanism instead: the meta-bugs depend on the regular
+PRs.  Information concerning the majority of bugs blocking a meta-bug
+should be added to the meta-bug instead of each single PR.</p>
 <p><strong>Bugs with keyword "ice-on-invalid-code"</strong>, where GCC
 emits a sensible error message before issuing an ICE (the ICE will be
 replaced by the message "confused by earlier errors, bailing out" in

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