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Trac Project Ticket Triage

This page lists guidelines and conventions used within the Trac project for triage of tickets.

We focus on the Milestone information to decide whether a ticket has been triaged or not. Therefore, still to be triaged tickets can be found in queries specifying an unset milestone, such as query:status!=closed&milestone= or report:20.

There are currently:

  • 24 untriaged tickets
  • 0 tickets for which more feedback is required
  • 1049 valid tickets to work on

How to help?

Anyone with some knowledge about the Trac project can help to apply the triaging rules, detect duplicate requests, eliminate invalid tickets and identify the real issues by assigning them a milestone.

  • tickets which have nothing to do with Trac should be closed as invalid with the WrongTrac mention in the comment.
  • tickets regarding a Trac plugin should be closed as cantfix with the PluginIssue mention in the comment. If the identity of the plugin is easily determined, add the TH:<Plugin> mention in the comment.
  • tickets which are clearly about installation issues or support requests should be invalidated as well, qualifying it as an InstallationIssue and directing the reporter to the MailingList.
  • for complaints about the long inactivity on opened tickets, refer to ThisTicketWasOpenedTenYearsAgo.

For the tickets that are waiting for user feedback, anyone can help: close tickets which haven't received feedback since a few months or further process them if they have received feedback.

Finally, among the valid tickets, many are categorized as defects. Those should probably get the most attention or be recategorized as enhancements if they are not real defects.


Setting milestones to tickets adheres to the following dos and don'ts.


  • If resolution is fixed, the Milestone should be set according to the RoadMap. See report:36 for tickets that should be corrected.
  • If resolution is duplicate, cantfix, wontfix, invalid or worksforme, the Milestone should be blank. See report:35 for tickets that should be corrected.
  • If the ticket is valid and related to Trac, but no developer is planning to work on it for a next release, use unscheduled.
  • If the ticket is valid and related to Trac, but not directly related to a release, use not applicable.


  • Don't assign a milestone without a reason or patch.
  • Don't modify a milestone as anonymous and without a reason.
  • Don't assign a milestone of a bugfix only release (e.g. 0.10.5) to enhancement request tickets.

Status and Resolution

is used when the resolution of the ticket can be linked to some change in the repository, a code change, a primary documentation fix, a contribution script added, etc. For ticket type task, fixed is used even if there was no traceable change in the repository/documentation.
the problem reported was not really a problem; the requested feature is already implemented or can be obtained in a different way.
cantfix / wontfix
the problem reported is not really Trac's problem (use cantfix when we don't control the code involved); alternatively, the requested feature won't be implemented, because we don't think it fits in the scope of the core of Trac and would therefore be better implemented as a plugin (use wontfix).
  • Note: In some cases however (e.g. #2611), we let the issue open even if the cause of the issue is not directly Trac's fault, so that workarounds and user experience can be collected.
  • Note: If an API change is required to get a feature to work (that is intended to be implemented as a plugin), then a new ticket could be opened with the requested API changes. If it's not clear what that change should be, then keep the request for change next to the use case, ie keep that ticket opened for the purpose of the API change.
the ticket was a test ticket, intended for another Trac or something similar and should be closed as WrongTrac, PluginIssue or InstallationIssue.
there is already another ticket about the same issue:
  • If marking as duplicate, include referring ticket #s in both duplicate and duplicated tickets.
    • In duplicate ticket: This ticket is a duplicate of #1234.
    • In original request: #2345 has been marked as a duplicate of this ticket.
  • We usually let open the ticket which contains the most up-to-the-point discussion about the issue, the one which contains an appropriate patch, or other than that, the oldest ticket.
  • Finally, duplicates created many times should be listed in the ticket duplicates hall of fame MostFrequentDuplicates.

And also, don't close or reopen a ticket without a reason.

Ticket Type

When the ticket is neither about something that requires a modification to the documentation or the code, use the task type.

Ticket Description

Only administrators can edit ticket descriptions. They are only edited to fix formatting errors, not the actual content. Occasionally, we may also add editorial notes to not spread misleading information, eg #4297 or to summarize the current status of a long running issue, eg #4132 or #2611. In all cases, it should be quite clear from the formatting what's coming from the original author and what has been annotated afterwards.


The purpose of keywords is to be able to generate pertinent and focused TracQueries, so use them appropriately.

See TracDev/Topics for an expanded view of the above.

Development Notes

This section contains notes about the development of this document.

Policy for closing tickets

Suggestions subjecting ticket-close-policies:

  • User intentions should be taken in account.
  • Avoid closing tickets without a comment of the reporter; this is especially true if the reporter is an active contributor.
  • Be open minded and accept that the existing processes have some deficiencies see #4174.
  • Following the update Matt did on #4222, I think we also need to document what is / would be the policy for outdated Trac releases (criteria to declare as wontfix, etc.) — eblot
  • Core developers have final authority to close tickets.
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