Re: unreproducable bugs
On Sat, 16 Jul 2005 01:43:46 +0100, Rich Walker <email@example.com> said:
> You scale an organisation, I understand, by removing the *need* for
> everyone in it to be a genius at everything it does.
> Hence the comment about the US army: "designed by genius to be run
> by sergeants".
Ah yes. How does one handle long open unreproducible bugs
after a few releases -- the work requiring genius.
Who am I to stand in the way of changing times? Since I have
been around longer than most people in Debian, here is my terribly
clever best practice for a critical process that debian developers
are supposed to practice frequently -- very frequently (the
recommended rate is about 15-20 repetitions per minute), namely,
That this is a critical process is clearly demonstrable, and
that there needs to be strict guidelines on the rate at which it is
practiced is also of prime importance. Raising the rate too high
results in a deprecated condition called "hyper ventilating". The
side effects can be light headedness -- consider the harm if the
entire project failed to follow the guidelines.
The effects on the project can be even more pronounced if a
majority of the developers were so lax as to not practice this
activity for even as short an interval as, say, 5 to 10 minutes. The
effects would be felt even more in small teams, like, say, security,
or ftp-masters, if they grow this lax.
So, having given the rationale for the importance of this best
practices document snippet, allow me to present the best practice
itself: (details in
At the start of the cycle, remember to relax the Dome-shaped
skeletal muscle that forms floor of thoracic cavity. Diaphragm
relaxes & shortens pleural cavities, thus decreasing intrathoracic
volume. Lungs elastically recoil, chest wall & abdominal organs help
compress lungs, increasing alveolar pressure & air flows out.
External intercostals relax, ribs & sternum move downward & inward,
decreases anterior-posterior diameter. Air flows out. This is
a Passive process.
Hold for a short time. Due to the recomeded period of this
activity, it is not recommended that you hold for more than a second
Contraction of diaphragm causes it to flatten & lengthen the
pleural cavities, thus increasing intrathoracic volume. Lungs expand,
decreasing alveolar pressure within lungs & atmospheric air flows
in. Contraction of external intercostal muscles pull ribs & sternum
upward & outward, increases anterior-posterior thoracic diameter by
20%. Air flows in. This is the active part of the process.
It is imperative that Debian developers remember to invoke
this active process several times a minute. Laxity in this can
severely hurt the project.
Indeed, failure to follow this policy may result in an RC bug
or orphaning of all the packages held by the lax developer.
Just remember: when you go to court, you are trusting your fate to
twelve people that weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty!
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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