Desktop Team meeting, 2008-08-14

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Aug 15 20:32:01 BST 2008

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 09:10:27PM +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman [2008-08-14 15:19 +0100]:
> > What is the clutter?  
> Two reasons for me, mainly: First, a lot of failures are
> unreproducible and probably due to some sort of local failure (third
> party packages installed, nvidia upstream installer messing up the
> system, full disk, automatix, etc.), and second, in a lot of cases the
> actual bug is in a completely different package, for example, because
> a program called in the postinst fails.
> I'm in favor of keeping them, particularly because package
> installation failures are such a pain foor users. But we should invest
> some resources in 
>  - automatic duplicate detection (nontrivial, since the reason is
>    hidden in the terminal log, etc.)
>  - detecting local breakage/customization (UnreportableReason)
> I'm happy to work on that for intrepid+1 if there is a strong enough
> desire and time allocation.

I agree, it would be worthwhile to work toward filtering out the noise
rather than disabling the error reports.

 - mdz

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