Posted Oct 2, 2008 4:22 UTC (Thu) by jamesh
In reply to: smoke screen?
Parent article: Ubuntu debuts its Upstream Report
Interacting with upstream trackers is a difficult process. If done wrong, it is very easy to shift from being considered a useful service to being considered spam.
So any automated system that started sending automated unsolicited messages to all the community's bug trackers would probably get blocked pretty quickly. So at present Ubuntu bugs are generally manually forwarded upstream by a human.
Once you rule out unsolicited forwarding, the other option is for upstreams to opt in. If they want this, then some plugins were recently made available to help here. At the moment, the plugins allow for comments to bugs to be pushed in both directions for linked bug reports, but in future could allow some level of automation to forwarding bugs upstream (you'd probably still want some human involvement, so massive numbers of duplicates on the distro side don't flood the upstream tracker).
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