Defect Severities, part 2 - Debian

Posted October 01, 2005 in misc

I talked a bit about defect severities and defect priorities. To get an alternative view, let’s take a look at how the guys at Debian handle defect severities.
Debian uses a different approach as they are mostly concerned about the impact of defects in a specific Debian package on the release.
Their severities are (as of Oct 2005):

On top of that they have the concept of release critical:
bq. the bug will have an impact on releasing the package with the stable release of Debian

Any serious, grave or critical bug is considered release critical. This is the part I like, as it makes it somewhat easier to decide whether a bug found during testing should stop the release.