Recap on issue tracking situation (Re: Issue #0 - No general-purpose issue tracking system)

Filipus Klutiero chealer at
Sat Mar 10 17:16:12 UTC 2018

This mail recaps what I learned and what changed regarding issue tracking since I reported this issue.

Thanks to Robert Brockway and Martin Michlmayr, I confirmed that SPI does have an issue tracking system. Thanks to Dr. Michlmayr, this system is now documented on

This system has 2 major issues: it cannot be used to report any issue, and cannot be used to report an issue publically. Pending resolution of these, I created an unofficial general-purpose tracker available at

Since I reported issue #0, one of my projects started using Redmine. I did not use it much and left that project several months ago, so I cannot recommend it with all my weight, but my memory indicates a good impression. Redmine is implemented in Ruby and a recent version is distributed in the stable and unstable suites of our associated project Debian (though not in testing, due to a serious bug reported 2017-11-14). I have [virtually] no experience with the Request Tracker engine currently used by SPI, so I cannot say that Redmine is superior to RT, but before deciding to use RT to power a general-purpose ITS, I suggest to make a decent comparison of both.

On 2016-07-30 10:55, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> According to Joshua D. Drake, SPI has an issue tracking system for reimbursements, but not for other issues (see ). If there is already a genera-purpose ITS, this is indeed far from obvious.
> Therefore, in the absence of such a tracker, I am using this email to officially request SPI to put in place an issue tracker for all issues, or for issues which are not already covered by a dedicated tracker.
> Unfortunately, the one ITS engine I liked using is Atlassian JIRA, which is not free software. I have been unsatisfied with all open source engines I used. I have no strong opinion on which engine should be picked. Obviously, having a web interface would be extremely important, particularly one which is not read-only, though email notifications are very useful.
> -- 
> Filipus Klutiero

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