[Ohrrpgce] Importing bugzilla bugs into github

Ralph Versteegen teeemcee at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 05:47:32 PST 2020

I agree that too many labels aren't helpful. Labels are most useful when
you can't just do a text search (all crash bugs will be easily found with a
search for "crash"), eg for bug priorities.
I think maybe I'll combine "cosmetic" and "minor" into a single "minor"
tag, since we likely want that one anyway while "cosmetic" is too specific.
Wait, how much difference is there between "minor" and "needs
improvement"?  Plenty of outright bugs are merely cosmetic. Argh!
Really, "bug" is a region of the continuum (nearly the whole continuum)
from feature request to "needs improvement" to blocker.

But... major/high priority bugs is possible the most likely thing of all
that we would want to categorise and search for. And they aren't
necessarily going to be put on the todo list for the next release
(milestone). So I guess I should map major/critical/blocker to "major".
Although the categorisation of bug severities on bugzilla is pretty
dubious, it is a useful starting point.

7d344553-34f0-0310-a9b1-970ce8f1c3a2 is the "Repository UUID" you see when
running "svn info".
It's also possible to give git-svn a file with mapping from username to
actual email, but that won't apply retroactively.

On Fri, 7 Feb 2020 at 02:08, James Paige <Bob at hamsterrepublic.com> wrote:

> Cool!
> I like the idea of rel: and resolved: prefixes.
> I vote for eliminating the "bug" tag completely. In general I say err on
> the side of fewer tags when the specific need for a tag is not obvious.
> That GitHub contributions trick is cool. I'll try it. Is 7d344553-34f0-0310-a9b1-970ce8f1c3a2
> the internal ID of our svn repo?
> On Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 8:04 AM Ralph Versteegen <teeemcee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 7 Feb 2020 at 01:43, Ralph Versteegen <teeemcee at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I've been putting this off for years (two years since my last attempt in
>>> fact) but I've finally managed to get bugzilla running locally and import
>>> the databases so that I can export the buglist as xml and use this
>>> script
>>> <https://gist.github.com/Zimmi48/d923e52f64fe17c72852d9c148bfcdc6#file-bugzilla2github>
>>> to import it into github.
>>> I'm now in the process of customising the script and the mapping to
>>> labels.
>>> Github doesn't have an API that allows attaching files to issue
>>> comments, so I suggest that we upload all the attachments to a directory on
>>> hamsterrepublic.com so that we can link to them.
>>> (Unfortunately I first have to write a script to extract them out of the
>>> bugzilla DB.)
>>> With all the labels for components, versions, severity, status, etc,
>>> we'll have a lot of labels. I think it makes sense to organise our labels a
>>> bit better. All version labels could be prefixed with "rel: ", like "rel:
>>> alectormancy". And maybe duplicate, wontfix, invalid, worksforme,
>>> tooconfusing
>>> could be prefixed with "resolved:" or "closed:"?
>>> I'm going to translate the "feature request", "cosmetic", "blocker"
>>> severities into labels. I think I'll leave behind "major", "minor",
>>> "normal" and "critical", and the priority levels. They (if not default
>>> value) will still be in the bug description.
>>> There isn't really anything that corresponds closely to our gh "bug" and
>>> "needs improvement" labels. I wonder whether we should just remove the
>>> "bug" label, since although it's informative and useful in searches, it's
>>> already a nuisance to accurately tag all the bugs** and we'll get an extra
>>> 1000 bugs missing it. "bug" is basically the absense of numerous special
>>> categories like "new feature", "invalid" and "tracking".
>> Or, I could just apply "bug" as a guess according to something like that
>> simple rule, and we can fix up any mistakes. Will be looking through all
>> the open imported bugs anyway.
>>> **See
>>> https://github.com/ohrrpgce/ohrrpgce/issues?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=-label%3Abug+-label%3A%22needs+improvement%22++-label%3A%22new+feature%22
>>> Bugzilla hides people's email addresses (by stripping the domain) by
>>> default so user names will be something like "David Gowers <00ai99>". I
>>> think that's fine. I can (am planning to) also replace the username with a
>>> github @ mention (it shouldn't cause any notifications, because this is the
>>> mass import API), but the only people who I know the github username of are
>>> myself, James and Mike. Doesn't matter.
>>> BTW, I found that it's possible to make svn commits copied to the
>>> git-svn mirror on github count towards your "contributions" shown on your
>>> github profile page. To do so, add a new email address to your github
>>> account with the form svncommitername at 7d344553-34f0-0310-a9b1-970ce8f1c3a2,
>>> where svncommitername is e.g. teeemcee or james. The email can be private.
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