Bug cloning considered harmful

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Mon Jun 3 16:06:39 UTC 2013

Hi, folks. Just wanted to throw out a random note on something that
often irks me.

Next time you're thinking about cloning a bug: think twice. I've found
that it's rarely the case that cloning a bug is really the right thing
to do.

When you clone a bug:

* The new bug gets the exact same summary and clones a lot of the other
metadata, including Blocks, Keywords and Whiteboard
* The new bug gets a 'description' which includes the original
description plus every single comment from the 'parent' bug
* The new bug has everyone from the 'parent' bug's CC list on its CC

This is rarely really what you want, and often can be completely
incorrect and annoying for the people in the CC list.

Unless the above accurately describes the attributes you want your new
bug to have, you're probably better off just filing a new one with a
link to the old one than using the 'clone' function.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
IRC: adamw | Twitter: AdamW_Fedora | identi.ca: adamwfedora

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