Dropbugz

Posted by Drew and Arash on November 02, 2008

We’re always amazed by the creative ways people find to use Dropbox, so as coders, this one struck as particularly awesome. Instructions shamelessly stolen from a Dropbox user :).

Being a tiny startup looking for ways to save money, we discovered the best, cheapest bug tracking software out there. It’s dropbox (or dropbugz). Simply make a folder called “bugs” in your dropbox and put a “done” directory in it.-Each bug is a .txt file whose name is the description of the bug.

-Dropbox keeps track of who creates / edits files so if someone botches a description you can always figure out who wrote it up and when. (Unix does a decent job of this too.)

-You can assign bugs by putting “#fixer_name” at the top of the file and grepping for “#fixer_name” on the command line.

-When bugs are done you move them to the “done” folder. If you duplicate a title it overwrites, but dropbox has your back w/ revision edits.

-You can preform any sort of command line voodoo to slice and dice your bugs.

-You know when bugs are posted or fixed through the dropbox notifications.

-You never have to leave the command line and go to a web app to enter bugs. The result for us is that we enter more bugs.

-You can casually browse your bugs using the preview feature on mac:

http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/211024/bugs.jpg

We didn’t have the money for FogBugz and we were using BugZilla which is so miserable that we resorted to not using it. There are certainly features dropbugz lacks, but for basic bug tracking for a small team, it is awesome. And any feature you want to add is just a script and a chron job away. I’ve used a bunch of web-based bug trackers in the corporate and startup world and this is the only one I’ve ever liked.

16 Comments to Dropbugz

Nelson Silva ( A-Pock )
November 3, 2008

The name alone will sell it :).

Danny Hope
November 3, 2008

This is extremely similar to the way I track bugs, which I wrote about here.

http://yandleblog.com/2006/11/

I might start using @name rather than #name for assigning bugs though, and reserve # for grouping bugs in some way.

Sir_Sid
November 3, 2008

What about Launchpad? Isnt that free?

Kyle Saric
November 3, 2008

Woah, this is awesome!

Travis
November 3, 2008

I'm confused. WTF kind of “bugs” are we talked about here???

Mike Branski
November 3, 2008
BadMad
November 6, 2008

soooo cool! digged!

Hugh Gallagher
November 6, 2008

I agree, Bugzilla is grim.

dennyhalim.com
November 7, 2008

too bad it only works with nautilus, which i never use….

it'll be much better if we got webdav/ssh access which we can mount with davfs / sshfs.

like box.net already does for very long… long time…

Rich
November 23, 2008

Nice idea. We tried a similar approach after grappling with Mantis. It worked OK, but wasn't all that manageable, in the end. We needed more extensive – and fast – views into what was going on with each project, each bug, etc., without having to open up files, etc.

So, we wrote our own, inexpensive app: http://www.archerfishonline.co

Would love some feedback.

applefanboy
November 25, 2008

getdropbox + apple's free backup utility = free and easy backup utility for all your essential documents… I love dropbox! keep up the good work with your phenomenal mac integration!

Jozzua
November 26, 2008

Hello a quick usability-related comment. You need to add a SEARCH function of sorts on the DROPBOX web interface. One of my most common tasks is to look for files online. I couldn't find a SEARCH form.

Chris
January 26, 2009

Original post regarding this topic is at Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/it

a random visitor
March 1, 2009

boring

Leon_Fedotov
July 30, 2009

What about Trac? Isnt that free?

Mac Delacruz
July 19, 2012

Hello a quick usability-related comment. You need to add a SEARCH
function of sorts on the DROPBOX web interface. One of my most common
tasks is to look for files online