Category Archives: Gmail

Gmail and Bugzilla: an update

I recently wrote about Gmail’s threading not handling Bugzilla emails nicely.  Thanks to a patch from Byron Jones, bugzilla.mozilla.org now lets you set an option so that Gmail’s threading will work nicely with Bugzilla.  Just go to “User Preferences”, and in the “General Preferences” tab, enable “Make email subjects compatible with Gmail’s threading.”  Thanks, Byron!

Gmail and Bugzilla

I use Gmail.  I like the way it manages conversations, with one exception.  New bugs reported in Bugzilla cause an email with a title like “New: Fix the bug” to be sent.  All subsequent changes to that bug cause an email with a title like “Fix the bug” to be sent.  So that first email doesn’t get included in the same conversation as the rest of the emails because the subject line has the “New: ” at the start.

This is annoying.  Does anyone know how to fix it, either on the Gmail side or the Bugzilla side?

Using Gmail filters to identify important Bugzilla mail

Like most Mozilla developers, I get a lot of bugmail. Maybe 10% of that is important, e.g. bugs I filed, bugs I have to review patches for, etc. The other 90% of that is stuff I have a passing interest in.

I have a couple of Gmail filters that I use to separate these two streams of email.  They’re non-obvious, so I promised Paul Biggar that I would blog about these so that he and others could do the same thing.

To catch interesting bugmail, on Gmail’s “Create a Filter” screen, in the “From:” field put:

bugzilla-daemon@mozilla.org

and in the “Has the words:” field put:

"review?(nnethercote" OR "you are the assignee" OR "you reported" OR "you are on the CC list" OR subject:"review granted" OR subject:"review requested" OR subject:"review canceled" OR subject:"feedback requested" OR subject:"feedback granted" OR subject:"feedback canceled"

To catch less interesting bugmail, on Gmail’s “Create a Filter” screen, in the “From:” field put:

bugzilla-daemon@mozilla.org

and in the “Doesn’t have:” field put:

("you are the assignee" OR "you reported" OR "you are on the CC list" OR subject:"review granted" OR subject:"review requested" OR subject:"review canceled" OR subject:"feedback requested" OR subject:"feedback granted" OR subject:"feedback canceled")

I’ve modified them a few times and they work very well for me.  It’s possible there are some cases that they miscategorize but I haven’t seen that happen for a long time.

Update: In the first “Has the words:” field, you’ll obviously need to change nnethercote to something else.