Approvers' Guide

The purpose of approval is for the project leader to be able to keep control of the entire Bugzilla product, to ensure similar, bad or conflicting features aren't introduced. Approval does not usually involve in depth review of code, although nothing prohibits this. If approval isn't granted, the approver might decide to ask for a re-review, a new patch, or resolve the bug entirely without check in.

Since the repository is publicly visible, security fixes must only be committed immediately before a new package is released. See the documentation on how to release.

Current Approvers

Only blessed approvers can approve bugs, currently:
  • justdave
  • glob

Approval Process

  • approval+ if the patch and idea is good
  • approval- if the concept of the bug is not good. this is identical to WONTFIX (i don't know why this exists)
  • If the concept of a bug is good, but the patch isn't, add a review- to the patch

Branch Policies

  • Trunk
    • No restrictions on approved checkins
    • Flag: approval+
  • Current Stable
    • Bug fixes and performance improvements only, no new features large scale performance improvements may not be eligible
    • Schema changes are not allowed
    • Documentation changes are allowed
    • Changes to the documentation in docbook or perldoc format
    • Excludes any changes to templates that aren't part of bug fix, other than typos or grammatical fixes
    • Example flag depending on current stable release: approval4.4+
  • Prior Releases
    • Current policy is the last two releases before the current stable
    • Security, crash, data loss, and selected critical fixes only
    • No documentation changes unrelated to the above changes allowed
    • Example flags depending on prior two release versions: approval4.0+ and approval 4.2+
  • Obsolete Versions
    • No changes allowed