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Editing existing Problem Reports

Use edit-pr to make changes to existing PRs in the database. This tool can be invoked both from a shell prompt or from within GNU Emacs using M-x edit-pr.

edit-pr first examines the PR you wish to edit and locks it if it is not already locked. This is to prevent you from editing a PR at the same time as another user. If the PR you wish to edit is already in the process of being edited, edit-pr tells you the name of the person who owns the lock.

You may edit any non-readonly fields in the database. We recommend that you avoid deleting any information in the TEXT and MULTITEXT fields (such as Description and How-To-Repeat (see Problem Report format). We also recommend that you record the final solution to the problem in the Fix field for future reference. Note that heavily customized installations of GNATS may have differently named fields, and sites using such installations should provide their own set of routines and instructions regarding how PRs should be treated throughout their life span.

After the PR has been edited, it is then resubmitted to the database, and the index is updated (see The index file). For information on pr-edit, the main driver for edit-pr, see Internal utilities.

If you change a field that requires a reason for the change, such as the Responsible or State fields in the default configuration, edit-pr prompts you to supply a reason for the change. A message is then appended to the Audit-Trail field of the PR with the changed values and the change reason.

Depending on how the database is configured, editing various fields in the PR may also cause mail to be sent concerning these changes. In the default configuration, any fields that generate Audit-Trail entries will also cause a copy of the new Audit-Trail message to be sent.