[Phpmyadmin-devel] Error reports

Dieter Adriaenssens dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 10:53:37 CEST 2013

2013/7/8 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
> On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM, Dieter Adriaenssens
> <dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2013/7/8 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
>>> On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM, Dieter Adriaenssens
>>> <dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 2013/7/7 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
>>>>> On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM, Dieter Adriaenssens
>>>>> <dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> 2013/7/5 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
>>>>>>> For the server side component of the error reporting system. What are
>>>>>>> the things you want to do with the reports. like for example comments,
>>>>>>> or storing status of the reports. what other things do think you would
>>>>>>> want to do on the error reporting server.
>>>>>>> What I am thinking is commenting, changing status, searching and of
>>>>>>> course viewing all the details of the report as well as related
>>>>>>> reports.
>>>>>>> Do you want the ability to delete error reports or just mark them as
>>>>>>> resolved. and while we are on the matter what are the statuses that
>>>>>>> should exist for the error reports. I am thinking at least new and
>>>>>>> resolved but I cant think of anything else;
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> I see this server as a go-between for getting error reports into our
>>>>>> existing bug-tracker [0] at Sourceforge.
>>>>>> I think it should gather error reports, group them and have the
>>>>>> possibility of inserting it in the bug-tracker, no need to mimic the
>>>>>> functionality of the existing bug-tracker.
>>>>> I was going to do something like that for github issues since I am
>>>>> already using github authentication. I think that doing this for
>>>>> sourceforge issue tracker is better since it the one you actually use.
>>>>> I however cannot use sourceforge authentication because it doesn't
>>>>> provide an api to get user info so I will have to both have github and
>>>>> sourceforge connection
>>>>>> F.e. when a error report comes in, the server should check if it is
>>>>>> similar (= identical) to existing reports. If it is, group them, and
>>>>>> give the new report the same status as the existing one(s).
>>>>>> If it is new, mark as to review, and/or send it to the bug-tracker.
>>>>> the problem with automatic submission is spam. I think that alot of
>>>>> error reports that are very similar but not identical would be
>>>>> submitted if automatic submission is followed. due to the different
>>>>> ways browsers send their stacktraces and handle errors in general some
>>>>> reports with the same problem appear to be different thus submitted
>>>>> individually. I think that it should be done manually when a member
>>>>> requests it.
>>>> Unless you can make a very clever system that links reports for the
>>>> same issue, but from different browsers. ;)
>>>> It's always a bit of a trade-off. Doing things automatically, reduces
>>>> the need for human intervention (and linking similar/identical reports
>>>> to each other can get very time consuming and cumbersome), but of
>>>> course this might result in spam, like you mention. Time will tell (or
>>>> after some tweaking of the link algorithm) if it can work
>>>> automatically.
>>>> I'd say to provide both systems (manual selection and automated linking).
>>> do you want any access control on the submission as well as linking on
>>> the reports like for example only core developers or do you not mind
>>> and want any authenticated user to do that
>>>>> also should the bug submission in sourceforge come from the account of
>>>>> the user who submitted it (requiring a sourceforge connection) or from
>>>>> a separate account for the error reporting system which would render
>>>>> the sourceforge connection no longer required.
>>>> Bug reports will be anonymous anyway, so they can't be linked to an
>>>> account. I'd say to use a fixed account for the error reporting
>>>> system.
>>> I think error reports need an account on sourceforg so they are not
>>> exactly anonymous but I will see what I can do
>> I meant that the error reports by the pma-client are anonymous, so
>> using the account of the original reporter to create a ticket in the
>> sourceforge bug tracker is not possible.
>> Using the account of the developer who transfers the error report to
>> the bugtracker does not make that much sense, because that person is
>> not the one who experienced the error and is not the one to ask
>> questions about how to reproduce, etc.
>> So if possible, we could use an account for the error reporting
>> system, to clearly indicate that it is an anonymous/automatic bug
>> report, not one done by a person.
> ok I understand now. I am actually still in contact with the support
> staff at sourceforge about how to implement the authorisation using
> their api. They seem oddly unhelpful however since the docs are not
> clear enough for me in order to implement the authentication I have no
> choice but to wait for them to answer with something a bit more
> helpful.

Did you open a ticket at the sourceforge support site? Can you send the url?

While waiting for the sourceforge support to provide information, you
can start working on other things in your schedule and implement the
sf authentication later.

Kind regards,

Dieter Adriaenssens

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