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Re: Debian bugreports

I didn't want to cut up your nice writing below, so I will just state my own 
small comment up here.

Let me just say that I personally would never ever consider filing any obvious 
KDE related bug with the debian bug tracking system. I always go straight to 
upstream. I have seen it work, and it seems KDE encourages this because they 
put the bug reporting option, that goes straight to their homepage, in the 
Help menu of every KDE application.

I think Debians bug tracking systems primary function is to sort out packaging 
problems and possibly security stuff for stable. Here it works well.


On Monday 10 January 2005 11:00, Bruce Sass wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005, Anders [iso-8859-15] Ellenshøj Andersen wrote:
> > And developers do give up on fixing bugs in their packages. It's tough,
> > but it's a fact of life. People should be at least encouraged, if not
> > required, to report certain types of bugs upstream, since reporting them
> > to the debian developers is just useless. Many of them don't have a clue
> > how the application they a packaging works, they just compile it and
> > package it for Debian.
> I have seen this issue come up at least a couple of times over the
> years and as close to a consensus I've seen is that users should
> report to Debian, the DD should report upstream (with a patch if
> possible) when it is an upstream bug.
> I figure that if a package is good enough it will attract talent and
> live (regardless of the state of any bug reporting systems), if not,
> it will get too buggy and eventually die.
> As far as clueless developers go... just as there is a wide range of
> conditions and situation packages can be in (good->bad, old->new,
> supported->unsupported), there is the same range of developer and
> maintainer conditions and situations - ya pretty much gotta take it on
> a case by case basis. We can take some solace in that really bad ones
> will eventually disappear or their packages will be passed onto
> someone or some group which has a clue (i.e., they will attract
> talent).
> Debian's infrastructure works the same way, whether the talent it
> attracts is a DD. Maintainer, or user... in fact, last I heard, the
> fastest way to become a DD is to do something useful to the Project
> and demonstrate your ability to be responsible by managing and
> maintaining it.
> - Bruce

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