Once Upon a Time in Bugzilla Land

Matty mattyt at tpg.com.au
Mon Dec 13 03:08:32 UTC 2004

On Sun, 2004-12-12 at 15:17 -0500, Christopher Hicks wrote:

> Couldn't the keywords and flags functionalities be cleanly integrated? 
> The dissimilarity of their interfaces seems wrong.

They could be clearly integrated, although the dissimilarity is possibly
a feature, where commonly used keywords appear explicitly.  Having two
different systems each having a different UI is a mistake going forward

One problem with merging the two would be clashing names, which might
just dictate automatic renaming of keywords or flags if necessary.

> > You couldn't replace any one with one of the others.
> What can keywords do that flags can't?  Ignore the current interface.

... which is the main issue (scalability).

But another thing is that I'm pretty sure flags can't be displayed on
bug list (there's a bug on that), because there's a keyword cache but
not a flag cache.

I'm pretty sure there would be other issues on the periphery too.

So flags certainly could supersede keywords, but given past experience
with tags, it won't _just happen_ automagically.

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