[Libreoffice-qa] [tdf-discuss] Intervention

Jay Philips philipz85 at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 14 17:38:33 PDT 2014

Hi All,

I have found that asking for a document is the best way to get closest
to what the user is experiencing and what they are writing the bug for.
If they report the bug on windows, i load up windows to confirm it and
then also check if its on linux as well. Sometimes the steps to
reproduce are easy enough to follow, but not every one of us are experts
in the bugs we triage, so having an example file to begin the process of
triaging saves quite alot of time. Users i've been dealing with have
been quite happy to provide an example file, while a very few have asked
that the file be kept confidential. Here is an example bug with steps to
reproduce i triaged today [81292].


Problem description:
I have a table first column alpha-numeric,crashes when sorting is ask.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Load table,
2. select table
3. sort

Current behavior: crash

Expected behavior: alpha-numeric sorting


>From this example, should i waste time that i could be spending triaging
other bugs to create a table full of values in order to sort the table.
It could be possible that some small feature within the table he is
sorting is causing the crash, that i could never reproduce because i
dont have his file. In the user's most recent comment, he states that if
he deletes the text from the last column, it wont crash. No way i could
reproduce such a thing if i created an example file myself.

I just submitted a bug today [81351] that crashes calc from as early as
3.6, simply by undo-ing a sort. It is possible that this may not have
happened with another file, so i submitted the one i was working on, in
order to speed up triaging and hopefully fixing. We have ~1k bugs to
still triage and the quicker we are able to triage a bug, the faster we
can confirm/close it and move on to the next one.

Just my two cents. ;)

Jay Philips

On 07/15/2014 01:48 AM, bfoman wrote:
> Hi!
> From my experience asking for an example file is the best way to triage for
> following reasons:
> - saves time - you can download the attachment and check it in different
> builds right away - important with current backlog in Unconfirmed bugs
> - reproducible case - sometimes when you follow the STRs and create document
> from scratch the bug can be gone.
> Users' files can have their history - be created in different build, envs,
> corrupted etc. So asking for a file is a best way to receive verified test
> case.
> - involve the reporter - some people tend to use Bugzilla as file and forget
> system. Needinfo stats tell a story...
> Bug reports with attachments are more interesting than those without them.
> Some reporters do even screencasts or special STR graphics to help the
> triagers. IMHO there is no need to panic that most triagers ask for them. 
> Overall I think this is a good policy and reporters should be educated how
> good bug report should look like. 
> If a reporter cannot spend few minutes to attach a file or make a
> confidential one into a public document (by search and replace strings - if
> that makes bug still reproducible), then how can he demand a fix? This
> cannot be made without a reproducible test case.
> BTW: Mr Manciot is active in Wireshark Bugzilla, so should be accustomed
> that good bug report needs attachment. LO needs users' files as much as
> Wireshark example frame captures... 
> Best regards.
> P.S.
> As for bugs closed as Invalid or Worksforme - there are defined QA documents
> which describe how this process should look like. See
> https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/BugTriage or
> https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/BugReport. Most triagers respect
> them, but those rules are, well, more guidance than a strict policy.
> LibreOffice is powered by a team of volunteers, every bug is confirmed
> (triaged) by human beings who mostly give their time for free. Some people
> see things from different perspective and don't like to "babysit" stagnant
> issues. 
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