Is there a backend interface to bugzilla?

Jim Walters jimw at
Thu Oct 2 04:58:54 UTC 2003

I've started to mess around with this:

The nice part is that I can drive it from Mozilla's Javascript and use
the Mozilla Javascript debugger to figure things out.

On Wed, 2003-10-01 at 20:01, Stuart wrote:

> "Eric S. Raymond" <esr at>:
> > 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.
> Forgive me, but I am at the Web Service Edge conference this week, and in
> all the hype around Web Services, I can't help but toss in the idea that
> SOAP might be a better solution, allowing for incorporating user
> identification and signing along with transport independence.  I haven't
> developed any SOAP apps, but I have done some with XML-RPC, and I am not
> really sure why XML-RPC would be any better than SOAP, (other than it may
> already be done of course...)
> -Stuart Donaldson-
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