Monthly Archives: August 2007

Bug triaging on various packages

In the end of the my last post, I’ve offered to package maintainers who need help with bug triaging to contact me. While no mails arrived, I decided to take a more active approach.

Baruch Even referred me to “Status of Maintainer’s packages, ports and bugs“, from which I could find quite easily the maintainers who have a lot of bugs. After a few manual processing and checks, an offer of help mail was sent to the maintainers of openssh, cvs, grub, cupsys, apt, dpkg, bind9, postfix, util-linux, file, xmms, wine, xorg, xorg-server, xterm, iceweasel, aptitude and emacs21.

Although only a few answered the mail, I think I got enough “work” to do. I’ve agreed about the goals for a bug triage for aptitude and ice{weasl,dove,ape} with their maintainers.

I’m pleased with the triage method I used, although I got some comments and suggestions from people which I’d like to apply. I’ll try to use some of Ana Guerrero’s scripts for this end.

Wish my luck (:

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Filed under Debian GNU/Linux, QA stuff bug triage – the end

During the last 6 weeks I’ve been working on the debian bug triage, targeting 166 old bugs reported against versions lower than 2.0.0.

Today, I’ve closed all the remaining bugs without response from the submitter to the 3 pings sent.

During the process, 50% of the bugs were found to still be relevant for recent versions of or to be already fixed by them.

For those interested, the final statistics are:

24 bug reproduced.
61 bugs closed as fixed / not relevant any more
81 bugs closed due to lack of submitter response.

So the bug count decreased from around 500 to around 350. So I hope this will help to team to focus on the remaining bugs.

As 350 bug is still a lot, I intend to repeat the process when version 2.2.1 will enter testing.


If any other teams think they need help with bug triage – you’re welcome to contact me.


Filed under Debian GNU/Linux,, QA stuff

Overnight bugs

The good thing about reporting bugs before I go to sleep, is to find they were fixed when I wake up (:

Thanks Dirk & Roger.

I wish all my bugs were solved that quickly.

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reporting binNMU unsafe packages

As the rate of previously reported bugs being closed started to increase, I’ve done another round of filing bug reports against binNMU unsafe package.

Each round takes (relatively) a lot of time, as I invest time to create patches to each bug report, in order to make the maintainers’ life easier. This also probably affects the rate of applying the patches.

With recent uploads any-depends-any check got only one package left, that’s until #432959 will be uploaded. So I finished reporting bugs against packages which appear on the any-depends-all check. And got lazy half way trough the all-depends-any check.

That is total of 18 bugs/patches created. Not bad for 2 hours work… (:

As I usertag the bug reports, you can follow the status quite easily. Help is welcome…

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3rd (and last) reminder for the bug triage

Today, with the slogan “Please help the Debian team to help you”, I’ve sent the 3rd (and final) reminder to bug submitters which have bugs against open office in versions older than 2.0.0.

In the last month, 22 bugs were reproduced with newer versions of open office, and 49 bugs were closed as fixed or not relevant any more.

By mid August all the remaining will be closed as the submitter didn’t respond to 3 pings during a period of 6 weeks, and the bug is reported to an ancient version of open office.

When version 2.2.x will propagate to testing, I’ll do another triage get updates for the rest of the bugs.


Filed under Debian GNU/Linux,, QA stuff