Browsing bugs on Bugzilla

Last updated on 2022-08-23 | Edit this page

Estimated time 45 minutes

Overview

Questions

  • Have you tried browsing the bugs on Bugzilla before?

Objectives

  • If you want to contribute by reviewing or fixing a bug, you need to find bugs that need attention and that you may be able to help with.

Introduction


This lesson is divided into several challenges that help you with browsing bugs on Bugzilla.

Under construction!

Challenge 1: Selecting a topic of your interest!

Once your are on the Bugzilla webpage, follow the instructions below to select a topic of your interest:

  • Select Browse from the menu
  • Look at the topics in R product category
  • Select a topic you are interested in/feel comfortable with.

OUTPUT

[1] "There will be a screenshot of the solution here. Will be added soon!"

Challenge 2: Filter out a few items!

  • Scroll to the bottom and use Change Columns to remove Product and Resolution
  • Add Opened and Number of comments

Will be added soon! You can add a line with at least three colons and a solution tag.

Challenge 3: Order the bug reports!

  • Order the bug reports by date
  • Keep the most recent at the top

Will be added soon! You can add a line with at least three colons and a solution tag.

Challenge 4: Categorising the bug!

  • Pick a bug with 3-4 comments (one that has received some response)
  • Discuss your observations - can you categorise it as one of the following:
    • Bug Reporter misunderstands the function/documentation
    • Bug can not be reproduced.
    • Cause of bug is still being worked out.
    • Fix to bug is still being worked out/under debate.
    • A solution has been proposed by Bug Reporter or a Bug Reviewer and is waiting approval from R Core.
    • An R Core member has committed to implement the fix, but not yet done this.
    • Something else - please specify!

Will be added soon! You can add a line with at least three colons and a solution tag.

Challenge 5: Categorising the bug according to what action needs to be taken next!

  • Pick a bug with 1-2 comments (one that has had little response)
  • Discuss your observations - can you categorise it as one following, according to what action needs to be taken next?
    • Bug is actually a wish list item (suggested new feature) and should be recategorised/discussed.
    • Bug needs a (simpler) reproducible example.
    • Cause of bug not clear from report and needs investigation.
    • There is a proposed fix from the Bug Reporter that needs to be checked and reviewed.
    • Needs input on best way to fix from Bug Reviewer or R Core member.
    • How to fix is clear, but there is not yet a patch or commitment to fix.
    • Bug report has received a negative response (not a bug/not a welcome change) and should be closed.
    • Something else - please specify!

Will be added soon! You can add a line with at least three colons and a solution tag.

Keypoints