Bugzilla Tips

November 23, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — gervmarkham @ 4:27 pm

Bugzilla supports ‘tags’ or taglike things in a number of ways:

  • Keywords
  • Freeform, in the status whiteboard
  • Its own tagging implementation

You may not have heard of the last of these because it’s disabled by default. Head over to your Preferences, the General Preferences tab, and turn “Enable tags for bugs” to On. This adds new UI to your footer: “add the tag [        ] to bugs [        ]”. You can type a tag name and some bug numbers here, and those bugs will be tagged. Once you have one or more tags defined, you’ll also get the option of adding existing tags to a list of bug numbers.

The tagging system is built on top of saved searches, so:

  • by default only you can see the tag and get the list of bugs tagged
  • links appear in the footer for each tag (but can be removed)
  • you can share the “search” with a Bugzilla group


  1. Is there an article explaining available tag names and exact syntax and/or rules of constructing such tag names? For example, it need for some clarification whether square brackets required for all Whiteboard tags, or some of tags, or brackets are not of importance at all. There is some confusion as for tags such as parity-webkit (or [parity-webkit]?). Thanks.

    Comment by MT — November 23, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

  2. The status whiteboard is freeform, and so there is no syntax or rules for anything you put in it – only conventions. So whoever invented the parity-webkit tag needs to define its exact form. Having said that, most people seem to use square brackets to delimit tags in the Whiteboard.


    Comment by gervmarkham — November 23, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

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