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
> easy.
> > 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
"no maintainer".

Technology can assist, but there are non-technical problems you can't
solve through technology.

> NeilBrown



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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