Re: unreproducable bugs
On 7/15/05, Rich Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I am having a hard time reading this as anything but a non sequitur.
> Umm; it follows more from Manoj's comment than yours.
> > Personally, I prefer for a solution to be demonstrated to work, both
> > socially and technically, before it is enshrined in policy. Drafts
> > are, of course, welcome at any stage. "Rough consensus and running
> > code." YMMV.
> You scale an organisation, I understand, by removing the *need* for
> everyone in it to be a genius at everything it does.
Bingo! You also take care not to formalize unduly, or you get a
> Hence the comment about the US army: "designed by genius to be run by
As a close associate of several sergeants in the US Army, I question
only the "designed by genius" part. Given what armies do for a
living, Darwinian selection is probably also a factor. :-)
> There does seem to be a lot of discussion on the debian groups about
> policy. If Debian is lucky, or well-managed, then it is the process you
> are describing. If it is unlucky, then it is a bunch of rule-lawyers
> having fun.
Don't knock rule-lawyers, just ignore them until they produce
something you can tolerate. And keep your eyes open for things that
you don't want to agree with but that happen to reflect a real-world
truth of which you were previously unaware. Kinda like real lawyers,
> > Well, yes -- as long as the indent / emacs-mode / vim-mode
> > incantations that reproduce them are well documented, preferably in a
> > magic comment at the end of each file. :-)
> Exactly: that and an indent script in the checkin routine remove any
As long as it's purely advisory, please -- no tool is perfect
(although TeX is damn close).
> See how that compares to policy, which is hopefully implemented in such
> a way as to be mechanically testable?
To within certain limits, as demonstrated by lintian and linda -- up
there with dpkg and debhelper in the pantheon of Debian's
contributions to the world. Not quite on par with the DFSG, but
that's only to be expected; the DFSG is not intended to be testable by
a machine that is less than Turing-complete. :-)