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Re: Using orphaned packages as NM playground

On Mon, Sep 05, 2005 at 08:27:58AM +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> However, since this is just wasted effort, I would rather want to have
> them work on an actually useful thing. It recently sprang into my mind
> that it could be a good idea to pick some really poor packaged
> orphaned packages and ask the NM to improve one of them.
> I think by working on orphaned packages we should not step on
> anybody's toes, right?
> What do you think about this idea?

I've pointed my applicants at orphaned packages in the past.  It works
fairly well -- it gives them some experience dealing with real-world messes,
and the end result is something that won't just get binned.

I've been content with asking my applicants to pick a package of their own,
but I suppose that picking a particular package intended to stretch the
applicant might be a better move.

I've also tended to get my applicants to triage a couple of RC bugs, and
either provide a patch or at least some more useful debugging info.  Again,
I've gone "pick your own", but assigning bugs might be handy, too.

- Matt

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