Java's bug database now residing on JIRA
Oracle has reached a milestone in the project to move the Java bug database from a legacy Sun database to a JIRA instance ready for future "externalisation". During Sun's stewardship, Java's bug database resided on Sun's own "bugtraq" system, but when the company was acquired by Oracle, the timer started ticking on getting that database off "bugtraq" and onto a more standard system. The initial plan from the Oracle developers was to migrate the entire database to Jira and make it externally available to all, but this plan had to be revised as the timetable tightened up.
Now, Oracle's Joseph Darcy has announced that a milestone in that revised plan has been reached with the migration of all the existing 140,000 JDK issues imported into an Oracle internal JIRA bug tracking system. The number of issues imported rises to 165,000 if backported issues are included. The importation has also been an opportunity for the developers to simplify the states of bugs in OpenJDK to "New", "Open", "In Progress", "Resolved" and "Closed", with additional Understanding and Verified fields covering intermediate states. New bugs will also get a number starting at 80000000 and rising. Information from the internal system will be published on bugs.sun.com.
Darcy says Oracle does not, still, have a firm timeline for external access to the JIRA system, but once this is set up, approved OpenJDK projects will be able to get their own JIRA project entries for tracking their issues.