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Bugslist is the ProgClub TODO list management software. That's the software that generates a TODO list from the comments in your source code. If you use this script you might be interested in ProgClub Timestamp so you can copy/paste the comment label syntax, or configure KDE so you don't have to. For other projects see projects.

// 2023-05-01 jj5 - TODO: see this (scroll down), we should add 'KLUDGE' as an alias for 'HACK'.


We use semantic versioning. Latest production version: 0.2. Latest development version: 0.2.

See the TODO list for work that still needs to be done.


Why this software? This is so that we can put TODO notes in our source code where they're most relevant and convenient but also publish a TODO list on the wiki and in our documentation.



Members who have contributed to this project. Newest on top.

All contributors have agreed to the terms of the Contributor License Agreement. This excludes any upstream contributors who tend to have different administrative frameworks.


Copyright © 2020, Contributors.


Licensed under the GPL.


Libraries, tools, services or media from third parties used under license:



There are presently no tarballs. Running an `svn checkout` against the ProgClub Subversion repository (pcrepo) is the recommended way to install this software. See the Installation Guide for details.

Source code

The source code can be browsed online:

The most interesting code is here:

The latest stable (read-only) released version of the code is available from Subversion here:

Or if you want the latest version for development purposes:

Note that our software development is done on the version branch, not on trunk. We use trunk to track the latest stable release.


Functional specification

The functional specification describes what the project does.

See help for information about how the script is supposed to work.

Technical specification

The technical specification describes how the project works.

The script is a PHP CLI script (tested on PHP v7.2). It shells out to Subversion for some of its functionality.


See versioning for information on our semantic version numbers.

Notes for implementers

If you are interested in incorporating this software into your project, here's what you need to know.


This software has been developed and tested on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS GNU/Linux. It will probably work in other Unix environments and it will definitely be broken on Windows. (If you'd like to make it work on Windows we will accept your patch!)

After you install dependencies you need to decide if you want to install for just your user or for an entire system.

After you've installed bugslist swing by the ProgClub Timestamp utility for some documentation concerning KDE shortcut key config to help you enter bugslist compatible comments in your code.

Dependency installation

In order to run bugslist you might also need to install some dependencies, if so do that first:

$ sudo apt install php-cli subversion

System installation

After you install dependencies you can install bugslist for an entire system with these two commands:

$ sudo svn checkout https://www.progclub.org/svn/pcrepo/bugslist/trunk /usr/local/lib/bugslist
$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/bugslist/bin/bugslist.php /usr/local/bin/bugslist
System upgrade

If you've done a system installation you can do a system upgrade like this:

$ sudo svn up /usr/local/lib/bugslist

User installation

First make sure you've installed the dependencies.

The recommended way to install this software is by checking out the 'trunk' version from source control.

In order to run bugslist you should create a bugslist symlink somewhere in your $PATH and point it to bin/bugslist.php.

So a full installation might look something like this:

$ cd ~/software
$ svn checkout https://www.progclub.org/svn/pcrepo/bugslist/trunk bugslist
$ cd ~/bin
$ ln -s ~/software/bugslist/bin/bugslist.php bugslist
User upgrade

Assuming you followed the user installation instructions you can do a user upgrade something like this:

$ svn up ~/software/bugslist


After you install bugslist you might like to configure one or more projects. Create a config file called etc/bugslist.php under the directory you will run bugslist in. See etc/bugslist-example.php for an example.

Notes for developers

If you're looking to set up a development environment for this project here's what you need to know:

Get the latest code from the version branch:

$ svn checkout https://www.progclub.org/svn/pcrepo/bugslist/branches/0.2 bugslist-0.2

You can then run the unit tests like this:

$ cd bugslist-0.2 && bin/test/test.sh

Note that you may need to install some dependencies, such as:

# apt install php-cli subversion

If you have a bugfix or improvement please send your patch to jj5@progclub.org along with a statement that you are willing to be listed in the contributors section of the documentation and willing to license your contribution under the license.

Notes for administrators

To release a version of this project use svnman.

First, run maintenance and commit any changes:

$ svnman commit

Then run the release:

$ bin/dev/release.sh

You will be prompted to update the project documentation.



The bugslist software makes use of the Subversion command-line interface. If Subversion is not installed then bugslist may not work!


The ViewVC software can be used for browsing a Subversion repository via the web. We support ViewVC integration (via the config file).


The bash shell is our Unix shell of choice. You don't need Bash to run bugslist but it is used by our build scripts.


The bugslist software is written mostly in the PHP programming language which we^H^HI love! :)

Other bits and pieces are done with Subversion and BASH.


This software was developed and tested on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.


When you install bugslist you should make sure a symlink to bin/bugslist.php is in your $PATH environment variable.

Generated documentation


Usage: php path/to/bugslist.php [OPTION]... [PATH]...
This is a source code processing and reporting tool to help with software
development project management. It processes files in the specified
directory and matches special comment syntax to get notes and work items
which it then reports on. Output reports are in MediaWiki wiki text syntax
designed to be included in your project wiki.

Comment label syntax

The heart of bugslist is the comment label syntax you use in your
source code. It's basically:
For example: 2020-03-04 jj5 - HACK[HIGH]: expedient, you say?
The date is in ISO format, the user must be a valid UNIX user, and the dash
is just to try and limit false positives. The TYPE indicates what sort of
item this is; it can be one of the types listed below. Your type can be
suffixed with an optional priority within square brackets. After the
optional priority your type must be suffixed with punctuation, either ':' or
'!'. The TEXT follows until the end of the line and on to subsequent lines too.

Item types

The following item types are supported in comment labels:
Type................: Description..............................: Priority..:
  TEMP..............: a note for code that should be removed...: HIGH
 Stuff to do........:
  BUG...............: something that needs to be fixed.........: HIGH
  TODO..............: something that needs to be done..........: MEDIUM
   FIXME............: a HIGH priority alias for TODO...........: HIGH
   NICE.............: a LOW priority alias for TODO............: LOW
  TEST..............: something that needs to be tested........: MEDIUM
  HACK..............: something that needs to be improved......: LOW
  THINK.............: something to consider or think about.....: LOW
   CONSIDER.........: an alias for THINK.......................: LOW
 Stuff that's done..:
  FIXED.............: a BUG that has been fixed................: HIGH
  DONE..............: something that has been done.............: MEDIUM
  COMMIT............: a VCS commit log.........................: LOW
  WARNING...........: something to be careful of...............: HIGH
  REFERENCE.........: a reference, e.g. a URL..................: MEDIUM
   REF..............: an alias for REFERENCE...................: MEDIUM
   SEE..............: an alias for REFERENCE...................: MEDIUM
  NOTE..............: notes, or items without a label..........: LOW
  DEBUG.............: an item for debugging purposes...........: DEBUG

Item priority

You can use a priority number, priority letter, or priority name to
indicate a priority:
  #: Abbr: Name:      Default:
  0:    X:     NEXT:  N/A
  1: !, C: CRITICAL:  N/A
  9:    D:    DEBUG:  DEBUG

Comment syntax

Comment syntax for various programming languges is supported:
  Plain text...: comment labels begin at the first character on the line
  C++, etc //..: comment labels begin after '// ' (the space is important)
  HTML/XML.....: comment labels are within: <!-- -->
  Perl #.......: comment labels begin after '# ' (the space is important)
  C/CSS........: comment labels are within: /* */
  Bind, INI....: comment labels begin after '; ' (the space is important)

Program options

File-system options

-i, --include=EXTENSIONS  comma-separated list of included file extensions
-e, --exclude=EXTENSIONS  comma-separated list of excluded file extensions
                      Note: excludes override includes. This is useful when
                        you want to exclude missing extensions () which
                        are included by default.
-s, --skip=REGEXES    comma-separated list of regexes for paths to skip
-k, --keep=REGEXES    comma-separated list of regexes for paths to keep
                      ** BE VERY CAREFUL **
                      Case sensitive expressions. Use '^' to match start of
                      path, '$' to match end of path, etc.
                      Note: keeps override skips

Filtering options

-u, --user=USER       include items for USER
-d, --date=DATE       include items for DATE
    --today           include items for today only (default if not debugging)
    --yesterday       include items for yesterday only
-t, --type=TYPE       include items by type, will affect report order.
                      Duplicates are ignored.
-y, --priority=PRIORITY  include items with particular PRIORITY.
    --all             report on all users, dates, types, and priorities.
    --none            don't report matches (stats only).

Reporting options

-a, --aggregate=FIELD report aggregation. Duplicates are ignored.
                      A heading is printed for each aggregated field.
-c, --collate=FIELD   report sorting. Duplicates are ignored.
                      Default sorting uses binary comparision rather than
                      locale sensitive comparison which is probably what
                      you want. For --aggregate and --collate uppercase
                      FIELD sorts descending.
                      e.g. 'dUp' selects by date, user desc, and path
-h, --heading=FORMAT
                      heading format options. Duplicates are ignored.
-o, --output=FIELD|FORMAT
                      report output options. Duplicates are ignored.
-l, --level           level of heading to start at (default 2)
    --na              output 'N/A' when no report data
+N, --natural         use locale sensitive sorting instead of binary sorting
+B, --binary          use binary sorting (This is the default. Redundant? :)
+Q, --quiet           disable warnings, stats, and progress on stderr
+S, --show-stats      enable statistics report on stderr
-S, --hide-stats      disable statistics report on stderr (default)
+C, --show-loc        enable lines of code report on stderr
-C, --hide-loc        disable lines of code report on stderr (default)
+T, --show-ext        enable file type report on stderr
-T, --hide-ext        disable file type report on stderr (default)
+P, --show-progress   enable progress report on stderr
-P, --hide-progress   disable progress report on stderr (default)
+O, --show-options    report on user options on stderr
-O, --hide-options    disable user options report (default)
+W, --show-warnings   report warnings on stderr (default)
-W, --hide-warnings   disable warnings

Formatting options

   --text             output as plain-text (default)
                      // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: finish support for text output
   --wiki             output as MediaWiki wiki-text
                      // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: finish support for Wiki output
   --html             output as HTML
                      // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: add support for HTML output
   --list             output as list (default)
                      // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: add support for HTML lists
   --table            output as table (instead of list)
                      // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: add support for tables

Count options

    --items           print the total number of items and exit
    --tasks           print the total number of tasks and exit
    --fixes           print the total number of fixes and exit
    --features        print the total number of features and exit
    --commits         print the total number of commits and exit
    --notes           print the total number of notes and exit

Other options

    --help            display this help text and exit
    --web-help        open documentation in Firefox
    --version         display version information and exit
+V, --vcs             parse version control (Subversion) logs
+D, --debug           some handy defaults, when debugging or not
+X, --exit            exit without reporting (useful with --show-stats etc)
-w, --slow=MICROTIME  process items slowly (delay MICROTIME per file)
-m, --publish=PUBNAME publish output to a MediaWiki wiki (requires config).
                      Think 'm' for 'subMit'...
    --unknown         display list of unknown file extensions then exit

Format specifications


 USER is comma-separated list of usernames.
 Use '*' for all users; '?' for current user.


 DATE is ISO formatted date prefix, e.g.:
  '2016' for all items in 2016,
  '2016-01' for items in Jan 2016,
  '2016-,01,02' for items in Jan/Feb 2016,
  '2016-01-,01,02' for items on 1st/2nd Jan 2106,
  '2016-01-02,2016-01-04' for 2nd/4th Jan 2016.
 Use '*' for all dates.


 TYPE is a string of abbreviations or comma-separated list of item types.
 Supported types are:
   m: TEMP.......: a note for code that should be removed
  Stuff to do:
   b: BUG........: something that needs to be fixed
   t: TODO.......: something that needs to be done
   e: TEST.......: something that needs to be tested
   h: HACK.......: something that needs to be improved
   c: THINK......: something to consider or think about
  Stuff that's done:
   f: FIXED......: a BUG that has been fixed
   d: DONE.......: something that has been done
   v: COMMIT.....: a VCS commit log
   w: WARNING....: something to be careful of
   r: REFERENCE..: a reference, e.g. a URL
   s: REFERENCE..: an alias for 'r'
   n: NOTE.......: notes, or items without a label
   g: DEBUG......: an item for debugging purposes
  e.g. 'TODO, NOTE' or 'bht' for 'BUG, HACK, TODO'
 Use '*' for all types.


 PRIORITY is a comma-separeted list of priorities or a range of priorities
 indicated with a dash '-' between a low and a high priority.
 A priority can be indicated by a priority number, a priority letter or
 abbreviation, or a priority name. Use '*' for all priorities.
 Supported values are:
  #: Abbr: Name...:
  0:    X:     NEXT
  1: !, C: CRITICAL
  2:    H:     HIGH
  3:    M:   MEDIUM
  4:    L:      LOW
  9:    D:    DEBUG


 FIELD is a string of abbreviations or comma-separated list of fields.
 Supported fields are:
   u: user: select username
   d: date: select date
   g: long-date: select date in long format
   t: type: select item type
   y: priority: select item priority
   e: filemtime: select file modification timestamp
   b: both: select path and file
   p: path: select path
   f: file: select file, do not prefix path.
         This may not be what you want, may merge
         files from different directories.
   l: line: select line number
   m: name: select file name
   k: link: select link to file (for specific revision)
   s: reference: select reference (or text if not REFERENCE)
   i: initials: select Wiki initials initials (requires config)
   n: new-lines: select number of new lines
   o: old-lines: select number of old lines
   c: line-diff: select lines difference
   r: revision: select VCS revision number
   w: code: select work code
   x: text: select item text


 FORMAT is a string of abbreviations or comma-separated list of format
 Supported format options are:
   U: plain-user: don't format user
   D: plain-date: don't format date
   T: plain-type: don't format type
   Y: plain-priority: don't format priority
   E: plain-filemtime: don't format filemtime
   B: plain-both: don't format path/file
   P: plain-path: don't format path
   F: plain-file: don't format file
   L: plain-line: don't format line
   M: plain-name: don't format name
   K: plain-link: don't format link
   S: plain-reference: don't format reference
   I: plain-initials: don't format initials
   N: plain-new-lines: don't format new lines
   O: plain-old-lines: don't format old lines
   C: plain-line-diff: don't format line diff
   R: plain-revision: don't format VCS revision number
   W: plain-code: don't format work code
   X: plain-text: don't format item text
 e.g. 'UT' disables formatting for user and type values.


 PUBNAME is string that represents the publishing options to use.
   These options must be configured in the config file.
 // 2017-06-06 jj5 - TODO: add support for MediaWiki publishing.

MediaWiki integration

For proper wikitable support edit MediaWiki:Common.css and add:
   .right td { text-align: right; }
   .right td:first-child { text-align: left; }


Report bugs to: jj5@progclub.org


Generated with bugslist.

TODO list

Generated with bugslist.

HIGH priority

  • BUG: bugslist.php: plain and not-html-encoded need to be separated. They are conflated at the moment. Perhaps a 'text' reporting option..?
  • TODO: bugslist.php: need to check we're not processing svn property changes...
  • TODO: bugslist.php: it would be better to use strrpos to find the last colon...

MEDIUM priority

LOW priority