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Handling bugs properly (Was: Bug#474964: ...)


I want to hear your opinion about the following question:  If you think
a bug does not belong to your package, do you think it is your duty as a
maintainer to reassign to bug to the package it belongs to or do you
think just closing the bug is fine?

My understanding of handling bugs is that a bug report has to stay open
as long as the problem exists.  If I'm positive that the problem does not
belong to my package but I have no idea which package is really causing
the problem I just ask for help here to do a proper reassignment.

On Tue, 8 Apr 2008 I filed #474964 against linux-2.6:
Loads pcspkr and others even if explicitely excluded in modprobe.conf

On Wed, 9 Apr 2008 07:59:48 GMT, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
It has been closed by maximilian attems <max@stro.at>.

closing as not a kernel bug anyway.

On Wed, 09 Apr 2008 09:57:03 GMT I reopened asking for proper reassigning.

On Wed, 09 Apr 2008 10:12:05 GMT another attempt to close this bug was
done by "Bastian Blank" <bastian@waldi.eu.org>

On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 06:24:02 GMT I played another Ping in the funny
Ping-Pong-game.  Obviosely kernel maintainers lost their interest in
this little game and seem to ignore the bug from now on.

Well, I for myself know how to work around problems of this kind.  I
have no trouble to kick the unwanted modules out anyhow.  But I thought
our users deserve a system that works as it is described in the docs
and I feel the kernel team considers reassigning boring enough to
refuse to do this.

If anybody would confirm that this problem might belong to module-init-tools
I would volunteer to take over the job of proper reassignment - but I
just don't know exactly and "my experts in questions like this" just
refuse proper communication.

Kind regards



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