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Bug-Squashing Week, August 16th - 22th


As Colin Watson has said[1]:
"Over the next two or three weeks, we need to
concentrate hard on stabilizing the system and fixing the 200-odd
release-critical bugs that remain, either by making minimal changes to
packages or by removing them."

So we need to make an real effort to decrease the number of RC bugs
drastically. To give the autobuilders some time to build uploaded
packages we should try to fix most of the RC bug in the next week.
(All others will have a good chance to be held out of testing by the
freeze. Any of them will require the release team to investigate
an upload to t-p-u ... )

I therefor announce the next week to be a Bug-Squashing Party.
I will be in #debian-bugs both on irc.debian.org and irc.oftc.net
the whole time[2] trying to keep this going and appeal to all people to
participate on the BSP for one or more days and come to
#debian-bugs, so we can coordinate, discuss complicated cases, and
sponsor patches from non-DDs. (All other information will be available

The week will be ended by a real life BSP in Darmstadt, Germany where
I will attend, too[3].

We need to make sure that we don't make things worse by introducing
wrong fixes or breaking packages. Therefor we should _not_ introduce
something like a 0-day NMU policy. DELAYED/3-Day should suffice for most
cases. As usual patches should be made minimal, especially so short
before release!

All package maintainers with RC bugs files against there packages
can help the effort by clearly describing the status of their bugs
in the BTS.

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/08/msg00003.html
[2] Sadly enough I still will need some sleep, though ;)
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2004/07/msg00113.html

Frank Lichtenheld <djpig@debian.org>
www: http://www.djpig.de/

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