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  1. Reportbug-ng now supports complex queries

    Until today you could only use reportbug-ng to query the BTS with simple queries like "packagename", "bugnumber", "tag:patch", etc. But the BTS actually supports composite queries like "severity:grave tag:patch" which returns bugreports with severity grave and a patch. The underlying Python library python-debianbts also supported this right from the start, but reportbug-ng did not make use of it.

    Last weekend I finally had the time to fix that and the result is on it's way to unstable.

    Composite queries provide a very convenient way to find cheap NMU candidates: the query "severity:critical severity:grave severity:serious tag:patch" will return release critical bugs which have a patch. Now you can just go through this list, pick an open bug, test the patch and do what's necessary to release Squeeze in time.

    Next item on my list is an option to hide closed bugs, maybe ...

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  2. reportbug-ng has localization support again

    After having ported reportbug-ng from PyQt3 to PyQt4 over a year ago, reportbug-ng lost it's localization, since the gettext based translations where incompatible with Qt4's translation system.

    This weekend I finally had the time to have a closer look at this problem. To make a long story short: I have ported the gettext based system to Qt4's system. All the old .po files where converted to .ts files, but almost all strings are marked as "obsolete" so that they don't appear in the translated program. But since they are still available in the .ts file, it is easy to get the translations up-to-date. So far only English and German are complete, but eventually other translations will be added.

    PyQt4 makes it by the way really hard to get non-Qt strings translated.

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  3. Package Completion for Rng

    Today, I finally found the time to apply a patch contributed by Daniel Schaal to reportbug-ng. Among two minor fixes it brings a huge usability improvement: package completion. Whenever you type something to the input field rng suggests package names matching that prefix:

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    That should make bug reporting against packages with cryptic names like libraries a lot easier. Thank you very much Daniel!

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  4. Using rng for bug triaging

    Reportbug-NG's ability to filter and sort bugreports in various ways can greatly help triaging bugreports after a certain criterion.

    In this example I use the bugs of the KDE team, because they have quite a lot of bugs and are currently on a bug triage.

    Two releases ago I tried to help them cleaning their BTS from obsolete bugeports. My tactic back then was to find bugreports where no action has been taken for a long time. I noticed that there was no easy way to find such bugs since neither reportbug nor the BTS allowed to sort the bugs this way, so finding the candidates I searched for was very cumbersome.

    So let's try to find those bugs with rng: To get all bugs belonging to the KDE team start rng with the maintainer as argument:

    rng debian-qt-kde@lists.debian.org

    After rng started you see a ...

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  5. Reportbug finally has a GUI!

    It's good to see that reportbug 4 finally has a graphical user interface -- it's GTK, but nobody's perfect :)

    Anyways, I'm really glad to see reportbug aiming to improve it's usability.

    Reportbug finally shows all the bugreports for a package in a list which is easily filterable. So when you're confronted with a huge list of bugreports but searching for a specific problem, you can just enter a few letters in the filter and the buglist will shrink immediately. This missing feature was basically the most important reason why I developed reportbug-ng: Users are expected to don't report bugs which are already filed against a package, but the main tool which was used back then to report the bugs didn't make this task trivial. Now it does and it's a good thing!

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  6. Tags

    Version 1.2 of reportbug-ng now shows the tags of a bug if available. This was long overdue. Now you can for example, quickly search your bugs for the ones with the moreinfo-tag set and sort the resulting list by the date of the last action. This should give you a quick overview of bugs which may need some action (eg. another reminder to the submitter) or can potentially be safely closed.


    In the next step I'll improve the filter of rng and add a context menu which will allow to manipulate the tags of one or more bugreports and send all the changes in a single mail to control@bugs.debian.org.

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  7. Gettext and QT4?

    Dear Lazyweb,

    do you know how to translate QT4 applications with gettext? Looks like QT4 now uses it's own mechanism (lupdate -> .ts -> linguist -> .ts -> lrelease -> .qm) for translating strings, which makes things a bit complicated if the rest of your application (the non GUI part) still uses gettext.

    The background is -- as some of you may have noticed -- that rng's GUI isn't properly translated anymore since the switch from QT3 to QT4. I don't know if I just should adopt QT4's translation mechanism, but for now it would be very nice if I just could use my .po files for the QT4 stuff.

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  8. Rng 1.0 in unstable

    I've finished the porting of rng from qt3 to qt4 and uploaded it to unstable. It has some minor regressions compared to the qt3 version, like the localization of the qt4 widgets which isn't working yet and that the column which sorts the table isn't saved and restored properly on startup, but it closes many other bugs and it doesn't crash anymore.

    The new version doesn't bring so much new features so far, but since it's using much of the stuff which came with QT4, like the QTableModel and the QWebView, it runs much faster in many cases, e.g. when sorting or filtering the table.

    Ah, and last but but not least: thanks to WebKit rng even passes acid1 and acid2. Doesn't yet pass acid3 but I guess someone is already working on it :)

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