Does anyone know any good Emacs package or solution for local bug/issue tracking?

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    "Locally" as in single-user? Org-mode should be more than sufficient, I would think? "Locally" as in anything else? You might like to mention some actual requirements.
    – phils
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 9:39
  • The only thing I know are the packages flycheck.el or flyspell.el. They perform a syntax checking while writing. Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 12:26
  • I am not looking for syntax checking, I am looking for bug/issue tracking system. Something such as Mantis bug tracker or github issue tracking. But can run locally (security policy) and well integrated with Emacs is the best.
    – Enze Chi
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 12:30
  • @phis. Yes, locally means single use and just run on my computer. Org-mode is good and very powerful. But I hope to have some extension packages that I don't have to manually code everything, such as, create project, maintain issue id, add timestamp, etc.
    – Enze Chi
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 12:34
  • I don't use Jira but I have heard of it. Here's an emacs package for Jira: github.com/baohaojun/org-jira Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 12:41

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When I was in a team which every colleague is an Emacs user, I just put a TODO.org in our git repository and put all issues we found in the file. This worked amazingly well for the project.

No wait for remote access, no browser to launch, no hassle to edit in a browser's text box and no excuse to read facebook posts ;-p. And it gave us the full power of Org, sorting, searching, tagging, easy markups, you name it. We comfortably stayed in our Emacs session for good.

When we were done with an issue, pushed it and took another issue. You could change TODO to DOING, or whatever your team agrees on, and commited it again.

For us, and it was a small, 5 max, and local team, we didn't bother doing TODO -> DOING commit. Even with people remotely working, I'd say you could use IRC or some other communication tools to sync what you are working on.

I wish all editor gets the first class Org support so that I can use this method all the time.

Try it and tell me your experience!


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