Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 997630
RFE: an option to format bug numbers compatible with Bugzilla autolinkification
Last modified: 2013-10-28 13:52:32 EDT
Description of problem:
The current bug numbers returned by bugzilla have the format "#NNNNNN".
This format is incompatible with Bugzilla autolinkification, which automatically generates internal bug links from strings with the format "Bug NNNNNN". This Bugzilla feature is documented here:
Chapter 5. Using Bugzilla
This RFE would add a command-line option to output bug numbers in a BZ compatible format.
See Bug 981120, Comment 16 for an actual use-case that required the use of a sed script to replace the "#" with the string "Bug " before pasting the query results into a bug comment.
Obviously, those six bug numbers could have been changed in a text editor by doing a search and replace, but that is a burden that even expert users might not want to take on. Here is an example of a bug number that is not linked, because it is not in a BZ compatible format:
Bug 986069 - AttributeError: 'F18_Url' object has no attribute 'partition'
This RFE addresses the concerns about backward compatibility with parsers of bugzilla output expressed in Bug 995494, Comment 8:
Bug 995494 - "#NNNNNN" bug id format in query output not compatible with Bugzilla autolinkification
An alternative approach would be to enhance Bugzilla to autolinkify bug numbers of the form "#NNNNNN".
BTW, the format "#NNNNNN" is redundant, since "#" means "number" in this context.
I think this would be a reasonable enhancement to add, but I'm not personally interested in implementing it. If you want to follow up, please take this to the upstream mailing list where more interested parties are watching.