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No permission to see Ubuntu bugs?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

So I'm looking at the release notes for Ubuntu 9.10 and am interested in the hibernation issue. Naturally I follow the link to the bug report.

First I need to log in to launchpad. That's weird, since when do I need to log in simply to view bugs? But after logging in I see this:

Not allowed here
Sorry, you don't have permission to access this page.
You are logged in as Floris Bruynooghe.

Since when is Ubuntu hiding bugs? Sure security bugs might need to be hidden for a while but you could be more descriptive about that. And surely you shouldn't be linking to such bugs?

Just weird.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 |

2 comments:

Roger Binns said...

They did a similar stunt to me when thunderbird crashed. Apparently my bug is a duplicate of a private one so not only could I know it was a duplicate (saving a 200MB upload) but also now that it was marked as one I can't even see what it is a duplicate of!

My guess is that some packages have auto-reported crash dump bugs automatically sent to private. In the case of email the dump is 100% certain to contain my (private) email.

spiv said...

Yes, exactly as Roger Binns says. Bugs with crash dumps are private initially. When the crash dump is removed (usually replaced by a backtrace) then the bug will be made public. There's some automation involved, but I don't know the details.

There are probably ways to make this smoother (perhaps allowing non-public attachments on public bugs?), but generally it works well.

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