Custom fields schema

Shane H. W. Travis travis at
Fri Dec 24 17:21:53 UTC 2004

On Fri, 24 Dec 2004, Maxwell Kanat-Alexander wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sean McAfee <etzwane at>
> > As an aside, my own intuition is against the notion of modifying the
> > database schema as part of routine system administration.
>   Indeed. I also recall justdave pointing out (somewhere in the
> userprefs-table bug, that I don't recall the number of) that for the
> "Bugzilla plugins" idea, we should stick to "columns-as-table-rows,"
> because that makes a drop-in plugin for Bugzilla much easier to write.

I was just about to say the exact same thing, Max.


The comment was made in the User Preferences bug, but the implications are
far-reaching. I cannot help but think that if it matters here, then it would
matter even more for something as large and far-reaching as customized

(For the record, I started off designing new tables for bug 98123 with
each-pref-is-a-column category firmly fixed in my mind as 'the only/best way
to go'. After Dave's comment I started considering other ideas; the latest
schema abandons that line of thought, and IMHO is better for having done

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