[Ubuntu-bugcontrol] Apport Hooks Task Force

Andrew SB a.starr.b at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 19:00:23 UTC 2009

On Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Sense Hofstede <sense at qense.nl> wrote:
> What should this operation do? The idea is to create an 'apport-hook' tag,
> report bugs against all packages (that don't have a hook yet) and start
> watching the bugs. Then we can write hooks and watch the tag for bugs that
> have a proper one attached. The Bugsquad could do the buggy part of the
> task, the MOTU and Ubuntu Developers can afterwards add the hooks to the
> packages (and help writing them).
> If we'd get the greatest part of our archive to have Apport hooks, it'll be
> much easier for us to cope with the many bug reports that inevitably are
> going to come when Karmic is released and we'd be able to learn how to deal
> with those kind of bug reports before the LTS will be there.

Are you suggesting filing bugs against _all_ packages without hooks?
That seems a bit over the top.

> Maybe it would be a good idea to devote a HugDay to this? It would at least
> be useful to create a wiki page an send an announcement to explain the
> procedure of adding hooks to packages.

This already exists more or less:


Some thing that I think would be extremely useful is a list of
_specific_ packages that hooks would be useful for. It seems as if
writing a hook is pretty trivial if you know any python at all. For
the most part, apport hooks simply collect logs or configuration files
that might be useful in debugging. A great task for the bug squad
could be to collect a list of common things that they need to ask for
when debugging specific packages. I know that I personally would love
to help out and write some hooks, but the packages that I'm mainly
interested in don't really have a need for them so far.

If there was a wiki page somewhere that mentioned that every time we
get a bug report for package foo we ask the reporter for foo.log, that
would be the perfect place of some one to jump in and write a hook. A
massive list of packages without hooks would be much less helpful.


- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

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