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Many open source projects use Bugzilla to manage their bug killing efforts.




Bugzilla is a web-based application that stores data about bugs, and allows queries and reports via a browser. My (strong) impression is that Bugzilla is a web-based front-end "GUI" with a database back-end.

(Sort of like a bug tracking (or punch list) application that someone might write in something like dBase, Access, or whatever on Windows (sorry).)

Potential Alternatives

  • cvstrac — "CVSTrac implements a low-ceremony bug tracking system for small to medium-sized projects using CVS for version control." — from the web site:

  • Automatically generates a patch-set log from CVS check-in comments
  • User-defined color-coded database queries
  • Web-based administration of the CVSROOT/passwd file
  • Built-in repository browser
  • Built-in Wiki
  • Very simple setup - a self-contained executable runs as CGI, from inetd, or as a stand-alone web server
  • Minimal memory, disk and CPU requirements - works on old hardware
  • Access permissions configurable separately for each user
  • Allows for anonymous users
  • Uses a built-in SQL database engine (SQLite) - no external RDBMS required
  • Tested under Linux - works on other versions of Unix. Also works under Windows
  • Can be run from a chroot jail for added security.
  • GNU Public License

As I have not done any similar "research" on Bugzilla, I don't whether Bugzilla has the same features.


  • () RandyKramer - 18 Sep 2003
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