2.5. Finding Bugs

Bugzilla has a number of different search options.


Bugzilla queries are case-insensitive and accent-insensitive when used with either MySQL or Oracle databases. When using Bugzilla with PostgreSQL, however, some queries are case sensitive. This is due to the way PostgreSQL handles case and accent sensitivity.

2.5.1. Quicksearch

Quicksearch is a single-text-box query tool. You'll find it in Bugzilla's header or footer.

Quicksearch uses metacharacters to indicate what is to be searched. For example, typing


into Quicksearch would search for "foo" or "bar" in the summary and status whiteboard of a bug; adding


would search only in that product.

You can also use it to go directly to a bug by entering its number or its alias.

2.5.5. Bug Lists

The result of a search is a list of matching bugs.

The format of the list is configurable. For example, it can be sorted by clicking the column headings. Other useful features can be accessed using the links at the bottom of the list:

Long Format:
this gives you a large page with a non-editable summary of the fields of each bug.
XML (icon):
get the buglist in an XML format.
CSV (icon):
get the buglist as comma-separated values, for import into e.g. a spreadsheet.
Feed (icon):
get the buglist as an Atom feed. Copy this link into your favorite feed reader. If you are using Firefox, you can also save the list as a live bookmark by clicking the live bookmark icon in the status bar. To limit the number of bugs in the feed, add a limit=n parameter to the URL.
iCalendar (icon):
Get the buglist as an iCalendar file. Each bug is represented as a to-do item in the imported calendar.
Change Columns:
change the bug attributes which appear in the list.
Change Several Bugs At Once:
If your account is sufficiently empowered, and more than one bug appears in the bug list, this link is displayed and lets you easily make the same change to all the bugs in the list - for example, changing their assignee.
Send Mail to Bug Assignees:
If more than one bug appear in the bug list and there are at least two distinct bug assignees, this links is displayed which lets you easily send a mail to the assignees of all bugs on the list.
Edit Search:
If you didn't get exactly the results you were looking for, you can return to the Query page through this link and make small revisions to the query you just made so you get more accurate results.
Remember Search As:
You can give a search a name and remember it; a link will appear in your page footer giving you quick access to run it again later.