Learning from mistakes: Bugzilla Landfills


This post is regarding a recent incident that happened when I was working for my project in Google Summer of Code.

My day's task was to automate the filing of a bug in bugzilla if and when a build fails. Though, not too hard, it would obviously require testing, because I can't just assume that my code would work the way it is supposed to.

This didn't seem like much of a problem at that time. What I decided to do was, test on a single bug and delete it when I'm done. Simple Enough?

As it turns out, it wasn't so simple. And I would've known that, had I done a bit of a research. You see, once a bug is reported, it can be edited, yet closing, or deleting the bug is something only the administrators are capable of. So, by creating a bug in bugzilla I inadvertantly sent an email about a bug to numerous people.

Anyway, for future reference, there is something called a Bugzilla Landfill that you can use for testing out something on a Bugzilla.

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