m2bz: Mantis to Bugzilla Database Migration Tool

Julian Mehnle lists at mehnle.net
Tue Jun 10 10:17:05 UTC 2003

Gervase Markham <gerv at mozilla.org> wrote:
> Julian Mehnle wrote:
> > my employer recently changed their internally used bug-tracking system
> > from Mantis[2] to Bugzilla,
> That's very interesting - could you tell us about why they/you decided to
> make the change?

We decided to change because Mantis is too limited in its search/query
functions, doesn't add MIME/charset headers to the emails it sends (hoping
that Bugzilla would, but unfortunately 2.16.3 doesn't seem to do that
either), due to general bugginess of Mantis (broken quote escaping in text
fields, etc.), and last not least due to its slow release cycle.  I don't
know yet whether Bugzilla will make us happier in that regard, though, but
on the other hand Bugzilla is quite mature already.

> Thank you for writing this tool. :-) Which versions of Mantis and
> Bugzilla does it work with?

As the website says: currently (version 20030608), it works on the database
structures of Mantis 0.17.5 and Bugzilla 2.16.3.  I'm planning to support
newer versions of both.

> To include it in Bugzilla (perhaps in the "contrib" directory), it would
> probably need to be licensed under the MPL (Mozilla Public License),
> either instead or as well, because that's the license that Bugzilla
> uses. Do you think your employer might agree to that?

I'm going to find out.


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