People often wonder how to make searches in Bugzilla faster on large installations. Two things will give you the most bang for the buck:
- Specify you only want open bugs (if that’s true)
- Specify a product (and, if you know it, a component) to search
Do those two things, and your searches will be much faster.
Coincidentally enough, Bugzilla’s “Simple Search” (BMO version) allows you to specify precisely those two things.
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It is possible to search for who added comments to Bugzilla and when they did it. In boolean charts,
"Commenter" "is equal to" "<person>"
will find bugs to which that person has added a comment.
"A Comment" "changed before" / "changed after" "<date>"
finds bugs where a comment was added before or after a certain date. You can combine the two (must be in the same boolean chart in order to apply to the same comment) to look for bugs where a particular person added a comment before or after a certain date.
Example: all bugs you have commented on since June 18th 2010 (also uses pronoun substitution)
There are three ways of searching Bugzilla:
Quicksearch is a way of getting the simplicity of Find A Specific Bug with the specificity of Advanced Search. It does a case-insensitive, substring search of the keywords and free-text fields (except comments) on open bugs.
- Simple things do what you expect – you can “quote special characters like spaces”, -negate, either|or
- Start with ALL to search all bugs, including RESOLVED, e.g. “ALL component:Query/Bug List“
- You can search for the values of other fields using “fieldname:value”, e.g. “keywords:crash“(it uses sane field names rather than database column names)
That should get you started; read the docs for more. The quicksearch box is in the Bugzilla header and footer. Try it out!
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