Currently, if you mark a bug a duplicate of another bug, the reporter is CCed onto the original bug. However, it is possible for the original bug to have permissions that down't allow the reporter see it. In this case, it should refuse to mark it a duplicate with an error message (e.g. "Reporter cannot see original bug -- please fix permissions on original bug").
see also bug 39816. But I'll leave this because I think it still ought to provide some appropriate warning...
I think one of the major problems is if the resolved bug has a groupset that isn't a superset of the open bug, regardless of the reporter. A whole lot of people couldn't see the bug then.
16 years ago
This was sort of fixed by my patch for bug 96085 which made it into 2.14. Instead of outright refusing it though, the person duping the bug is given a choice if they can see it.
That fix only handles the situation for the reporter. If the groupset isnt a subset of the original bug's groupset, I think it should still give a warning, because the reporter isn't the only relevant person.
We are currently trying to wrap up Bugzilla 2.16. We are now close enough to release time that anything that wasn't already ranked at P1 isn't going to make the cut. Thus this is being retargetted at 2.18. If you strongly disagree with this retargetting, please comment, however, be aware that we only have about 2 weeks left to review and test anything at this point, and we intend to devote this time to the remaining bugs that were designated as release blockers.
But the reporter is the only one who can see the other bug, if they're added to the cc. The duper has to be able to see it, after that fix went in.
so this is either FIXED, a dupe, or INVALID, depending on which of the points we take. I think.
Unloved bugs targetted for 2.18 but untouched since 9-15-2003 are being retargeted to 2.20 If you plan to act on one immediately, go ahead and pull it back to 2.18.
*** Bug 131695 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This bug has not been touched by its owner in over six months, even though it is targeted to 2.20, for which the freeze is 10 days away. Unsetting the target milestone, on the assumption that nobody is actually working on it or has any plans to soon. If you are the owner, and you plan to work on the bug, please give it a real target milestone. If you are the owner, and you do *not* plan to work on it, please reassign it to firstname.lastname@example.org or a .bugs component owner. If you are *anybody*, and you get this comment, and *you* plan to work on the bug, please reassign it to yourself if you have the ability.
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.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 96085 ***