a tale of a bug & stuff.

shirish shirishag75 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 03:30:24 UTC 2007

Hi all,
       I had been recently reading about people happy, unhappy about
the new incomplete tag which was introduced and while frankly it suits
me either way afa it gets the job done something seems to be amiss as
far as the bugs themselves are concerned.

For e.g. look at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/exaile/+bug/122661

now the 3rd comment is pretty interesting .  Seb is a good MOTU (used
lot of his packages :) )  & I am sure he means well. I checked the
version of exaile & for feisty it tops out at 0.2.8+debian-1ubuntu2
while for gutsy its right now at 0.2.9+debian-4ubuntu2 so should one
install the ones for feisty or for the ones of gutsy?

I checked out martin ddebs repository
http://people.ubuntu.com/~pitti/ddebs/dists/ and the last entry is of
31st May 2007. There have been no updates since. also re-checked the
gutsy schedule & found out that it was on 7th June so it seems that it
is un-related to that.

So now I'm stuck with not-knowing what to do? And this is not just
related to that one specific bug but basically bugs on gutsy.

Should or should not the bugs be reported now, apport was opened in
the last updates which resulted in lot of the bugs in /var/crash being

Another question ,  using again the example of
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/exaile/+bug/122661  (I sure
love my exaile ;) ) , the heading  "exaile.py crashed with SIGSEGV"
now this is a standard or an often-repeated sentence when it crashes,
now while I do not want to do duplication (either I reported or
somebody else reported the same  bug) how do I find out things like
application version, architecture version (maybe its important in some
bugs not in others, dunno)

Lastly, the hardware crash database, dunno what you guys think of it,
for me its simply this, if there was a way to browse the database, I
as a user or prospective user of a device could shoot a mail to couple
of people who have the same device asking them if it works with their
ubuntu or whatever derivative they follow or if they did some tweak to
enable it do better do its stuff. So special interest groups on the
hardware front should be good. From a security perspective the only
issue I see is some closed source group (hint :) ) trying to vandalize
or bring the server down or something but overall it should be good
for the users. We could even have some tags like ( mail or do not mail
 kinda thing with do not mail me kinda being the standard)

Sorry for the big post but these points have been in my mind for last
several days & even talking to some of the hackers/developers haven't
found a good resolution.

Comments, suggestions, flames all welcome :)

          Shirish Agarwal
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