Zack's Kernel News

Zack's Kernel News

Article from Issue 268/2023

This month in Kernel News: Bug Tracking

Bug Tracking

One of the ongoing nightmares of Linux kernel development is how to deal with bug reports. The mailing list receives tens of thousands of messages each month, with developers using all sorts of filters and cc habits to try to get the right emails in front of the right eyeballs.

Bugzilla (, a web-based bug tracking system developed by the Mozilla corporation, has been available for years, but most kernel developers seem to regard it with a mixture of hatred and fear. Once in awhile someone mentions that it should be improved, but those discussions tend to become messy.

Recently Thorsten Leemhuis mentioned that Bugzilla should be improved, and the developers had a discussion about it.


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