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Re: "Bug of the month", or how to get people fixing bugs

On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 06:21:46PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Sat, 31 Aug 2002, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 11:23:23AM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > >   - Destructive help - This person shouldn't ever touch my packages again
> > > Heh.  Someone fucking up bash's essential behaviour comes to mind.  It
> > > happened once.
> > Yeah, screw you too.
> Well, I did not even know who did that.  

See the changelog entries for versions 2.02.1-1.7 and -1.8, and the
bugs listed.

> > (Actually it's happened more than once. Hey, guess why we have "unstable"?)
> We should NOT allow a game to somehow get people to be more daring when
> making NMU, so bad NMUs should be punished in the game since good NMUs
> are encouraged.

No, but sometimes no one realises what's going to break until it does,
which was the case for at least that bash problem (and nothing did break,
as long as you used apt; it was only when you didn't use apt, and were
upgrading multiple packages at once, that you had a problem). There's
no point being too heavy handed about it: people making NMUs stuff up
quite regularly, the important thing is making sure they take every
precaution not to stuff up in the first place, and that when they do
stuff up, they fix it. In which case, I think the "bash" example is a
fairly bad one to use, if you were referring to that time anyway. Like
I said, there were others (although I don't know if any were NMUs).


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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