Re: Linux 2.6.21
From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Sat Apr 28 2007 - 18:33:24 EST
On Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 08:11:30AM +1000, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Saturday April 28, mbligh@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > As Andrew has pointed out before though - even though he forwards
> > the bugs, nobody does anything with it. The sad truth seems to be
> > that people have very little interest in fixing bugs when they are
> > reported - it's not sexy, I guess.
> Not sexy, and also not at all easy. A lot of the interesting bugs
> seem to be subtle interactions between separate parts of the kernel -
> one part making an assumption or exhibiting a behaviour that the other
> part didn't expect. And we all know that writing bug^Wcode is easier
> than removing bugs. I can spend hour and hours reading through code
> trying to get the big picture, and end up finding a one-line change
> that then needs documenting, testing and external review. It's not
> > I'm still unconvinced the users or the tool are the problem, but if it
> > makes you happier, we can do that.
> No, they aren't the problem. Bugs are the problem. But they might be
> a more effective part of the solution.
> My perception of the kernel bugzilla is that visibility is very low.
> I think there is value in weekly reminders, and I wouldn't mind seeing
> a weekly Email on linux-kernel with something like a list of open bugs
> that have not seen any activity in between 1 and 2 weeks. It might
> get someone out-of-area interested, and might be noticed by someone
> who thinks they are in-area and get them wondering why they didn't
> find out when the bug was first reported.
The 100 kB email limit has to be lifted for this...
More seriously, there are > 1000 open bugs in the kernel Bugzilla
without any activity during the last 2 weeks.
The problem is usually either "Not sexy, and also not at all easy." or
Technology can assist, but there are non-technical problems you can't
solve through technology.
"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed
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