Linux distribution missing from "Affects distribution/package"

Asked by Inês Almeida on 2018-09-10

Hello!

I have recently reported a bug that doesn't affect just me, but anyone using my Linux distribution.
I clicked on "Also affects distribution/package" > "Distribution" dropdown, but could not find it there or an option to manually type the name.

The missing distro is "Slackware Linux".

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #1

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Inês Almeida (brita) said : #2

This issue is still valid, despite having no replies yet.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Inês Almeida (brita) said : #4

Still waiting for a reply.

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Inês Almeida (brita) said : #6

same.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

As far as I know, listing a Linux distribution in the "Also affects distribution/package" dropdown makes sense and is possible only if that distribution is using launchpad for its bug tracking - which is not the case for Slackware Linux.

Inês Almeida (brita) said : #8

Being that the case, there is no way to express that a bug for a package affects an entire distribution.

For example, if I wish to report a bug in Inkscape, which Slackware does use, I have no way to tell the Inkscape developers that the bug is affecting an entire distribution.
The fact that the distribution uses or not launchpad for its own bug tracking seems irrelevant to me, in this situation.
It would be useful for package maintainers to have fields (graphics driver problem? specific distribution problem?) to help with the triaging and prioritizing.

I noticed that some of the distributions that are on the list use other bug trackers.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

See https://launchpad.net/distros
Only the distros in the top list are shown in the "Also affects distribution/package" dropdown, because those are distributions using Launchpad as their bug tracker.
Slackware Linux does not exist anywhere on launchpad.net

You have to differentiate between two different kinds of bugs:
1. Something in common for all operating systems - this should be reported against "Inkscape". If corrected, the new versions will probably then be rolled out to all distributions who use this software.
2. Something specific for a package on a certain operating system - this has to be reported in the bug tracker of that operating system.

I do not see any benefit in reporting a bug related to "Inkscape on Slackware" in the Launchpad bug tracker, if Slackware is not using Launchpad for bug management.

By the way, you always can state in a comment to a bug, that this affects a whole distribution.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) said : #10

I don't have a problem with adding Slackware to the list of distributions, but need to figure out what our process for that is - I don't recall a new distribution being added there since I joined the Launchpad team.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) said : #11

https://launchpad.net/slackware exists now, notwithstanding any other debates about whether it's sensible to use it in this particular case (which I don't think I need to take a view on).

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