Apport in stable releases [was: Re: Do you really want developers to be on this list]

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Fri Nov 14 10:46:58 UTC 2008

On Fri, 14 Nov 2008 07:51:53 +0000 "Matthew East" <mdke at> wrote:
>On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 2:25 AM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> 
>> I have heard people discuss post-release regressions due to SRU/security
>> updates.  I was chatting with another developer last night who said he'd
>> found Hardy very stable at release and less so as it got updated.
>> Perhaps Apport could be taught to roll the dice and return crash reports 
>> some fraction of cases post-release (perhaps 5 or 10 percent).  This 
>> help us catch regressions.
>Would enabling it in -proposed help with that?
I don't know if the installed system knows which pocket a package came from 
or not.

I see three sources of a potentially useful density of reports post-release:

1. Regressions in -proposed/-updates.

2. Regressions from -security updates.

3. Packages used more significntly by non-developers that don't get a lot 
of use before release.

I do think if there's a reasonable way to report all crashes from 
-proposed, that would be a good thing.

Scott K

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