Say goodbye to bugtraq

JDK bug migration moves to JIRA, public system almost here

Chris Mayer

Stage one of Oracle’s huge migration of bug systems has been completed – a fully public bug tracker isn’t far away.

Oracle’s lengthy battle to migrate the OpenJDK bug
database has reached an important milestone, with
legacy Sun “bugtraq” system now housed in an internal JIRA

The original plan to shift Sun’s
“creaky old legacy system”
to a OpenJDK JIRA
was outlined almost a year ago by Chief Architect of the Java
Platform Mark Reinhold.
it became apparent in March
that the task of
moving bug infrastructures in one fell swoop was too much for the
OpenJDK team of contributors to handle, hence this internal step

As Joseph D. Darcy details on the
Oracle blog,
around 140,000 distinct issues
have been imported to the JIRA instance, showing the scale of the
task at hand
- and that’s without even
considering the difference in the schemas. Separately, the

Tools OpenJDK project
has had
its own JIRA project populated with several thousand existing

Darcy also notes the five different
states for the OpenJDK JIRA projects, in an attempt to simplify the
system, which are as follows:

  • New
  • Open
  • In progress
  • Resolved
  • Closed

Whilst onlookers won’t be able to see a visible difference
from the legacy system just yet, one big noticeable change is the
numbering system: the JIRA JDK project will file new issues from
8,000,000, although the reason for this is unspecified

Now the internal shift has occurred, the next stage for
Oracle’s bug tracker is to go public.
Although the
date for externalisation isn’t set in stone (it won’t be
, says Darcy), it should be noted
just how far this effort has come. It’s a mammoth task transferring
across bug infrastructures and it’s great to see that Oracle is
still firmly committed to a public bug system for the entire Java
community to track.

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