[openstack-dev] [all project] Treating recently seen recheck bugs as critical across the board

Dolph Mathews dolph.mathews at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 16:44:39 UTC 2013

On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:23 AM, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org>wrote:

> Dolph Mathews wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM, Robert Collins
> > <robertc at robertcollins.net <mailto:robertc at robertcollins.net>> wrote:
> >
> >     So my proposal is that we make it part of the base hygiene for a
> >     project that any recheck bugs being seen (either by elastic-recheck
> or
> >     manual inspection) be considered critical and prioritised above
> >     feature work.
> >
> > I agree with the notion here (that fixing transient failures is
> > critically high priority work for the community) -- but marking the bug
> > as "critical" priority is just a subjective abuse of the priority field.
> > A non-critical bug is not necessarily non-critical work. The "critical"
> > status should be reserved for issues that are actually non-shippable,
> > catastrophically breaking issues.
> It's a classic bugtracking dilemma where the "Importance" field is both
> used to describe bug impact and priority... while they don't always match.


> That said, the "impact" of those bugs, considering potential development
> activity breakage, *is* quite critical (they all are timebombs which
> will create future gate fails if not handled at top priority).

I generally agree, but I don't think it's fair to say that the impact of a
transient is universally a single priority, either. Some transient issues
occur more frequently and therefore have higher impact.

> So I think marking them Critical + tagging them is not that much of an
> abuse, if we start including the gate impact in our bug Impact
> assessments. That said, I'm also fine with High+Tag, as long as it
> triggers the appropriate fast response everywhere.

I'm fine with starting them at High, and elevating to Critical as

Is the idea here to automatically apply a tag + priority as a result of
"recheck/reverify bug X" ? (as long as existing priority isn't overwritten!)

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> Thierry Carrez (ttx)
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