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Re: Report from the Bug Squashing Party in Salzburg

On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 07:37:18PM +0100, Philip Ashmore wrote:
> >Could we perhaps entice you, Philip, to make a change to Debian instead
> >of suggesting things for us to do?
> Bug#678854: Acknowledgement (icewm won't start)

That's a good first step: you've found a problem in Debian. Now you should
find a way to help fix it. There are several ways to progress on that: for
example, adding useful information to the bug report so that the problem
can be reproduced by others, giving error messages, etc. Once you've
learnt how to make a useful bug report, you could learn how to debug the
actual problem, by narrowing down to the component or version that 
introduces it, for example. After that, if you have the programming
skills, dive into the code to hunt down the exact line where the problem
occurs. If you haven't got the programming skills, maybe you could find
a friend who does, who could debug that with you? (In Debian, we would
call that a bug squashing party.)

Just making a vague bug report is not making a change in Debian, nor is
it improving Debian.

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