[Libreoffice-qa] Addressing regressions within a release

Joel Madero jmadero.dev at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 10:56:20 PDT 2013

First apologies that I've not answered this earlier :) Trying to get better
about reading my digest.

> One good way to tackle this problem would be to bibisect any bug
> marked as a regression and try to date it to before the X.X.0 point
> release.
> Joel - How much work would it be to bibisect the regressions for each
> release? Aside from initial triage/repro, what other QA tasks should
> take priority over this work?

For major releases not a problem but for minor releases more of a problem
because bibisect is only updated per major release.

Identifying regressions is important, ultimately we need to make it much
easier for users to identify their own regressions (through BSA and maybe
find a solution within FDO itself). I've been thinking that BSA might use a
major update where there are just questions in plain language, 1 at a time
and the next question is dependent on the previous answer. For instance:

1. What Operating System are you using? Windows
2. What version of Windows are you using? XP
3. 32 or 64 bit?
4. Is the bug you are reporting a bug or an enhancement request? bug
5. Has this feature been broken on every release of LibreOffice that you
have tried? No
6. Do you know what version it worked on?

This info could auto fill into the comment and help us TREMENDOUSLY, also
if they say "No" to a question like #5, "regression" goes into keywords,
and depending on answer to #6, perhaps "bibisectrequest" into whiteboard

This way keyword will say "regression" and we on QA can focus on these bugs
first, focusing on regressions in reverse chronological order would be our
very first set of bugs to triage, prioritize and get fixed.

Let me cook up a wiki of what I'm thinking and we'll go from there. If
there are replies to this in the future which I haven't read yet, sorry for
hijacking :)

*Joel Madero*
LibreOffice QA Volunteer
jmadero.dev at gmail.com
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