Command line interface

The oh-bugimporters package has the capability to crawl remote bug trackers and store the parsed data in YAML files. To use this functionality, you must create a YAML file with information about the remote bug trackers you want to crawl.

This document steps you through that. The command line interface is really just a way to call Scrapy.

In order to do a bug crawl, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Configure some Tracker Model data

Create a YAML file in, for example, /tmp/configuration.yaml, that is a list of dictionaries.

The dictionaries must have the following keys:

  • tracker_name (string)
  • base_url (string)

The following key is optional, and if present, is used when annotating the the bug data with the project name. By default, this is the same as the tracker_name.

  • bug_project_name_format (string)

The following keys are optional, and are used during bug data processing to annotate the bug data with information like if the bug is good for first-time contributors, or if the bug is oriented entirely around documentation.

  • bitesized_type (string)
  • bitesized_text (string)
  • documentation_type (string)
  • documentation_text (string)

A sample valid yaml file can be found in examples/sample_configuration.yaml.

Run the command line interface

Run this command:

./env/bin/python bugimporters/ -i /tmp/configuration.yaml -o /tmp/output.jsonlines

This will read the configuration YAML file you have named, and go off and download bugs. When it exits, /tmp/output.jsonlines will have the parsed bug data.

Note that the output is always in Scrapy’s “jsonlines” format. You can read more about jsonlines here.


Flaws at the moment:

  • We need to modify the output format to support requesting deletion of data for a bug.