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Re: policy around 'wontfix' bug tag




On 05/02/18 00:16, Thomas Schmitt wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> Richard Hector wrote:
>> When a maintainer tags a bug report with 'wontfix', is there not an
>> expectation that they will say why?
> 
> Obviously the Debian Developers have much freedom how to act. At least
> if it is about packaging and bug report processing.
> 
> As for Debian policy, in this case it is probably written in
>   https://www.debian.org/Bugs/Developer#tags
> which says:
>   "wontfix
>    This bug won't be fixed. Possibly because this is a choice between two
>    arbitrary ways of doing things and the maintainer and submitter prefer
>    different ways of doing things, possibly because changing the behaviour
>    will cause other, worse, problems for others, or possibly for other
>    reasons."
> 
> If i wondered about such a tag without explanation and felt affected by
> the bug, then i'd mail to the bug report asking for an explanation.
> 
> 
>> I was just reading a bug report that seemed valid
> 
> Mind to share its number ?

#389251 (coreutils: date's -d switch doesn't honour locale) - it's quite
an old one. But I found another instance in which the same claim applies:

richard@zircon:~$ date -d '4/2/2018'
Mon Apr  2 00:00:00 NZST 2018

In my NZ locale, that date should be interpreted as 4 Feb.

Richard

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