Reporting bugs

When opening a new issue or commenting on existing issues, please make sure discussions are related to concrete technical issues with geckodriver or Marionette. Questions or discussions are more appropriate for the mailing list.

For issue reports to be actionable, it must be clear exactly what the observed and expected behaviours are, and how to set up the state required to observe the erroneous behaviour. The most useful thing to provide is a minimal HTML document which permits the problem to be reproduced along with a trace-level log from geckodriver showing the exact wire protocol calls made.

Because of the wide variety and different charateristics of clients used with geckodriver, their stacktraces, logs, and code examples are typically not very useful as they distract from the actual underlying cause. For this reason, we cannot overstate the importance of always providing the trace-level log from geckodriver. Bugs relating to a specific client should be filed with that project.

We welcome you to file issues in the GitHub issue tracker once you are confident it has not already been reported. The contains a helpful checklist for things we will want to know about the affected system, reproduction steps, and logs.

geckodriver development follows a rolling release model as we don’t release patches for older versions. It is therefore useful to use the tip-of-tree geckodriver binary, or failing this, the latest release when verifying the problem. geckodriver is only compatible with the current release channel versions of Firefox, and it consequently does not help to report bugs that affect outdated and unsupported Firefoxen. Please always try to verify the issue in the latest Firefox Nightly before you file your bug.

Once we are satisfied the issue raised is of sufficiently actionable character, we will continue with triaging it and file a bug where it is appropriate. Bugs specific to geckodriver will be filed in the Testing :: geckodriver component in Bugzilla.