Is there a backend interface to bugzilla?

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Wed Oct 1 21:11:50 UTC 2003

Christian Reis <kiko at>:
> Offshoot question: is there a consensus that moving to an XML-RPC
> interface is what we should be doing (for a 'foreign interface')?

As I'm not a Bugzilla developer myself, I make no claim that I can form
part of the appropriate consensus.  But in case my opinion is of any interest:

* I am not religiously attached to XML-RPC, an in fact have never worked
  with it before (except that I once brought up a test server just to 
  get familar with it).

* I do think XML-RPC the right thing in this situation. or at least
  none of the alternatives are obviously better to my eye.

* We could design a custom transaction protocol with some minor advantages 
  if we wanted to, but since Red Hat has already done the work for XML-RPC
  and there is even prototype client code out there (bugzuki) why not take
  advantage of that?

XML-RPC seems like both the lazy and the smart solution in this case.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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