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Life Cycle of a Patch

States of Problem Reports

Each PR goes through a defined series of states between origination and closure. By default, the originator of a PR and all addresses listed in the Notify-List receive notification automatically of any state changes.

In our configuration, the following states are used:

The initial state of a Problem Report. This means the PR has been filed and the responsible person(s) notified.
The responsible person has analyzed the problem. The analysis should contain a preliminary evaluation of the problem and an estimate of the amount of time and resources necessary to solve the problem. It should also suggest possible workarounds.
This state is used in several cases:
  • [In case of bug reports ]
    The problem has been solved, and the originator has been given a patch or other fix.
  • [In case of patch submissions]
    A submitted patch is not clear, or does not apply cleanly, or results in discussions on the mailing list, or otherwise requires feedback from the originator.
A Problem Report is closed ("the bug stops here") only when any patches or changes have been integrated, documented, and tested, and the submitter has confirmed the solution.
Work on the problem has been postponed. This happens if a timely solution is not possible or is not cost-effective at the present time. The PR continues to exist, though a solution is not being actively sought.
If the problem cannot be solved at all, it should be closed rather than suspended.
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