Apport Hooks Task Force

John Vivirito gnomefreak at
Mon Sep 21 10:26:27 UTC 2009

On 09/20/2009 10:00 AM, Sense Hofstede wrote:
> Hello,
> Recently Brian Murray asked for more Apport hooks to be added to as many
> packages as possible,[0] because of the choice for Apport as the preferred
> way to report bugs. (For more information, have a look at the QATeam spec
> [1])
> The move away from the web interface ought to make our lives easier because
> now more relevant information is (going to be) attached to bug reports,
> reducing the length of the correspondence, making bug triaging and fixing
> more efficient. However, if we want to have the full benefit of the
> possibilities Apport gives us, we need to do some work.
> High-profile packages probably will get Apport hooks in time for the Karmic
> release, but there are many more packages that could benefit from both hooks
> and symptoms. I therefore suggest to set up an operation that makes sure we
> do give as many packages as possible a nice hook.
> 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.
> 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.
> [0]
> [1]
> Kind regards,
At the moment there is no hook for source package
lightning-sunbird. I have never written a hook and last i
looked (a while ago) and it looked hard to do. I lost link on
how to write them. If someone can give me an  idea or example
it would be great. There are other Mozilla packages that are
missing hooks, however at this time i cant remember what ones
off hand. I'm on a honeymoon number 1. not sure when im going
to get back.

Sincerely Yours,
    John Vivirito
Linux User# 414246

"How can i get lost, if i have no where to go"
    -- Metallica from Unforgiven III

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