The Bugzilla database schema is full of redundant names like "bugs.bug_severity". These should be normalized (i.e. "bugs.bug_severity" -> "bugs.severity"), and the resulting names made consistent with those reflected externally in RDF files (f.e. buglist.cgi's and duplicates.cgi's RDF outputs).
We could do this - but it would be a really big hassle, and the question has to be: is it worth it? It would make old XML (RDF, Bugzilla exports) incompatible with new, would break bookmarks, stored queries, columnlist cookies, and loads of other places where the column name is considered the canonical way of referring to a field. There would be a shedload of migration code to write, and we'd have to have backwards-compatibility hacks in lots of places. We'd also have to change a load of code in Bugzilla which uses the current names. Some of the inconsistencies are irritating - but are they irritating enough to be worth all this hassle? Gerv
Reassigning bugs that I'm not actively working on to the default component owner in order to try to make some sanity out of my personal buglist. This doesn't mean the bug isn't being dealt with, just that I'm not the one doing it. If you are dealing with this bug, please assign it to yourself.
Assignee: justdave → general
QA Contact: mattyt-bugzilla → default-qa
My vote to mark this bug as wontfix, for the reason gerv gave in comment 1.
Assignee: general → database
Severity: normal → enhancement
Component: Bugzilla-General → Database
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 200837
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