Bugzilla 3.6 is released
The next major version of Bugzilla was released on the 13th of April.
Bugzilla 3.6 has a lot of new features for Bugzilla users and administrators.
Here is the list of the most interesting New Features and Improvements:
- General Usability Improvements
[Some of these features and improvements were already covered in Tikal Bugzilla.]
- New Extensions System
Bugzilla has a brand-new Extensions system, which is consistent, fast, and fully documented. It makes it possible to easily extend Bugzilla's code and user interface to add new features or change existing features.
[We will try to re-implement at least some of Tikal Bugzilla features using this new extensions system]
- Improved Quicksearch
The "quicksearch" box that appears on the front page of Bugzilla and in the header/footer of every page is now simplified and made more powerful. Quicksearch Help describes every single feature of the system in a simple layout, including new features such as the ability to use partial field names when searching.
- Simple "Browse" Interface
There is now a "Browse" link in the header of each Bugzilla page that presents a very basic interface that allows users to simply browse through all open bugs in particular components.
[I believe it will replace Tikal Bugzilla Browse]
- Send Attachments by Email
The email_in script now supports attaching multiple attachments to a bug by email, both when filing and when updating a bug.
- Migration From Other Bug-Trackers
Bugzilla 3.6 comes with a new script, migrate.pl, which allows migration from other bug-tracking systems. Among the various features of the migration system are:
- It is non-destructive--you can migrate into an existing Bugzilla installation without destroying any data in the installation.
- It has a "dry-run" mode so you can test your migration before actually running it.
- It is relatively easy to write new migrators for new systems - the basic migration framework does most of the work for you, see the Bugzilla::Migrate documentation and see our current migrator, Bugzilla/Migrate/GNATS.pm for information on how to make your own migrator.
Other selected Enhancements and Changes
- Bug Editing: There have been significant performance improvements in show_bug.cgi (the script that displays thebug-editing form), particularly for bugs that have lots of comments or attachments.
[Already implemented in Tikal Bugzilla]
- Attachments: There is now a link back to the bug at the bottom of the "Details" page for an attachment.
- Search: When viewing search results, you can see which columns are being sorted on, and which direction the sort is on, as indicated by arrows next to the column headers.
- Search: You can now search the Deadline field using relative dates (like "1d", "2w", etc.).
- New Charts: You can now convert an existing Saved Search into a data series for New Charts.
- New Charts: There is now an interface that allows you to delete data series.
- New Charts: When deleting a product, you now have the option to delete the data series that are associated with that product.
- Administration: The UNCONFIRMED status being enabled in a product is now unrelated to the voting parameters. Instead, there is a
checkbox to enable the UNCONFIRMED status in a product.
- Administration: Information about duplicates is now stored in the database instead of being stored in the data/ directory. On large installations this could save several hundred megabytes of disk space.
For more information see the full Bugzilla 3.6. Release Notes.