This is the documentation for version 4.5 of Bugzilla, a bug-tracking system from mozilla.org. Bugzilla is an enterprise-class piece of software that tracks millions of bugs and issues for hundreds of organizations around the world.
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This is version 4.5 of The Bugzilla Guide. It is so named to match the current version of Bugzilla.
The latest version of this guide can always be found at http://www.bugzilla.org/docs/. However, you should read the version which came with the Bugzilla release you are using.
In addition, there are Bugzilla template localization projects in several languages. They may have translated documentation available. If you would like to volunteer to translate the Guide into additional languages, please visit the Bugzilla L10n team page.
The people listed below have made enormous contributions to the creation of this Guide, through their writing, dedicated hacking efforts, numerous e-mail and IRC support sessions, and overall excellent contribution to the Bugzilla community:
Thanks also go to the following people for significant contributions to this documentation: Kevin Brannen, Vlad Dascalu, Ben FrantzDale, Eric Hanson, Zach Lipton, Gervase Markham, Andrew Pearson, Joe Robins, Spencer Smith, Ron Teitelbaum, Shane Travis, Martin Wulffeld.
Also, thanks are due to the members of the mozilla.support.bugzilla newsgroup (and its predecessor, netscape.public.mozilla.webtools). Without your discussions, insight, suggestions, and patches, this could never have happened.
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