Shawn Erickson's comment is dead-on.
"What will happen depends greatly on what the defect is and product
release cycles inside of Apple."
One thing that frequently happens (with bugs like 4059054, which
contain well-written, stand-alone testcases) is that (after another
engineer deals with the root problem) they get assigned to me with a
"Mike, when you get a chance, could you try and capture this in a
Then I do my best to take the code that is in the defect and turn it
into something Apple can drop into our test harness and run
automatically (usually nightly, often much more frequently) to confirm
that not only does the bug get addressed, but that it stays fixed.
PS: I have never gotten the text of the Gettysburg address in a bug
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