P4DTI issue job000375

TitleWhitespace lines in Bugzilla descriptions can break replicator
Assigned userNick Barnes
DescriptionThe Perforce server does not preserve lines in job text fields which only contain whitespace. It replaces them with empty lines. If those lines have come from a Bugzilla longdesc record, this will then break the replicator (because the replicator will try to replicate the job back to Bugzilla, the empty line will show up as different to the whitespace-only line, and the "append-only" restriction will kick in. The job will be overwritten by the job but this will not fix the problem, so it will happen again on the next poll.
AnalysisReport this as a bug in Perforce. The replicator could work around this by replacing whitespace-only lines in Bugzilla longdesc records with empty lines as they are read from the Bugzilla database.
This first showed up as job000364, which is a special case. The fix for that (changelist 14331) does not fix this.
Perforce logged this as an enhancement request [1].
GDR 2001-08-07: The Perforce part of this is Perforce job 6149.
How foundcustomer
EvidenceReading the code and running some test jobs.
[1] <http://info.ravenbrook.com/mail/2001/07/26/12-28-38/0.txt>
Observed in1.1.1
Introduced in1.0.0
Created byNick Barnes
Created on2001-07-25 12:49:40
Last modified byGareth Rees
Last modified on2001-12-10 19:53:40
History2001-07-25 NB Created.


Change Effect Date User Description
14474 closed 2001-07-25 13:29:48 Nick Barnes Non-empty blank lines must be cleared when reading from Bugzilla, or Perforce will do it for us and confuse the replicator.