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Mantis Frequently Asked Questions


How do I customise Severities, Priorities and Statuses?

See Customising Enumerations in the Mantis manual.


How do I get help?

  • Use Mantis Forums or mantisbt-help at lists dot sourceforge dot net for posting questions. Our preference goes to the forums.
  • Use mantisbt-dev at lists dot sourceforge dot net for development related discussions.
  • Use Mantis Bugtracker for reporting feature requests and bugs.
  • Use Mantis Manual comments to identify a problem with the documentation or to contribute hints that are ought to be part of the documentation.
  • Use mantisbt-lang at lists dot sourceforge dot net for discussions relating to localisation to a specific language.


How do I contribute patches?

  • If you are about to implement a major feature, it is strongly recommended to get in touch with the developers. Such interaction will make it much more likely that your mods be applied to Mantis distribution.
  • Patches should be attached to a Mantis Bugtracker issue.
  • A patch should be attached as a single zip or .tar.gz file.
  • A patch should include a copy of all new files / modified files as well as a diff (patch) file (if possible).
  • A patch should only contain one feature. If a patch has a mixed bag of features, it makes it harder to understand and apply.
  • If you require feedback from developers relating to the patch, then post a message to mantisbt-dev at lists dot sourceforge dot net which refers to the issue including your patch. Ideally, the feedback will be added to the issue as notes. If not, then the patch owner should summarise the feedback as notes.
  • Fixes and updates to the patch should be attached to the same issue as should be marked clearly. With every attachment there should be a note that refers to the file name and specifies the updates done.
  • Join Mantis IRC channel for realtime discussions with developers.
  • Patches should following Mantis coding style.
  • Keep your patches up-to-date as new Mantis versions are released.

How do I become a Mantis developer?

  • Contribute patches that follow the above guidelines.
  • Join the developers on the IRC channel.
  • Participate/Contribute to Mantis Forums.
  • Participate/Contribute to mailing lists.

How do I contribute localisation to a new language?

  • Use strings_english.txt as the basis for the new localisation file.
  • Consider using UTF8 encoding.
  • Submit an issue into the Mantis Bugtracker and attach a compressed version of the file.

Migration to Mantis

Migration from Bugzilla to Mantis

Migration from GNATs to Mantis

Migration from Task Vision to Mantis

See this issue for a C# console application that migrates TaskVision to Mantis.

mantisbt/4350.1147873780.txt.gz · Last modified: 2008/10/29 04:31 (external edit)