Bug Tracking

by john on June 23, 2004

I’m starting to put together an update to this site but it’s the sort of thing I’ll probably be puttsing about on for some time. I’ve found I lose track of good ideas if I don’t write them down so I decided it was time to do some real bug tracking or tasks tracking for development of this website.

There are a plethora of bug tracking tools available, many of them free. I was looking for something free, easy to setup and use and something that would work on this machine’s setup, which is Windows.

I’m familiar with “Bugzilla”:http://www.mozilla.org/bugs/ but it looked like I needed to do some tweaking to get it working on Windows and I didn’t want to do that. So after a little searching I came across “Mantis”:http://www.mantisbt.org/ and within 15 minutes I had it installed, configured and was entering tasks.

The functionality is way more than needed for a team of one yet it is simple to use and I trust it will be extremely useful to me.

If you are looking for a free and easy bug tracking tool take a look at Mantis.


Joe Grossberg June 23, 2004 at 10:16 am

I use Mantis for my personal stuff.

However, I find the interface is overkill for small things.

For example, opening a bug and assigning it to me should be one simple step.

Changing a bug’s status to “resolved” and closing it should equally easy.

Instead, Mantis has all these intermediate steps.

At some point, I’ll probably just write my own simplified page that does just that; I’ve created “simple add” and “simple search” pages for my job’s Bugzilla installation.

Cheah Chu Yeow July 13, 2004 at 11:08 am

They use Mantis as well at a place I work and it’s great. I did try to get a Bugzilla installation running before (for personal use) and in the end I found that the entire interface offered more options than I could understand (“overkill” is the word like Joe Grossberg said above).

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