Getting bug reports for components¶
The kernel.org bugzilla uses a mechanism that allows anyone to subscribe/unsubscribe from bug reports for specific components. This is done using virtual default assignees and “watched user” functionality of bugzilla.
Real assignees vs. virtual assignees¶
People maintaining various kernel modules change routinely and in order to make it easier for people to start/stop receiving bugzilla notices for various components, bugzilla.kernel.org often uses “virtual default assignees” like “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com”, which are not real deliverable addresses (on purpose). Maintainers then subscribe to bug reports that are assigned to these virtual addresses and are thus able to receive the bug reports without involving bugzilla administrators.
To start getting bug reports for a component¶
Create an account on bugzilla.kernel.org if you do not yet have one
Find out the default assignee for the component you are interested in:
- Click on Browse in the top bar
- Click on the category you are interested in
- Copy the email address of the default assignee for that component
Once you have the default assignee’s email address, click on Preferences in the top bar
Select the Email Notifications tab
Scroll to the bottom, where you will find the User Watching section
Add the email address of the default assignee to the field. If you are watching multiple users, the entries are comma-separated.
To stop receiving bug reports for a component¶
- Log in to bugzilla.kernel.org
- Click on Preferences in the top bar
- Select the Email Notifications tab
- Scroll to the bottom, where you will find the User Watching section
- Remove the email address you no longer want to shadow
- Submit changes