Ubuntu Server Bug Squashing Day (monthly)

Nish Aravamudan nish.aravamudan at canonical.com
Fri Mar 10 19:09:32 UTC 2017

Along the same lines as Robie's recent post to ubuntu-devel for a
sponsorship queue squashing party:
... I am proposing a monthly Server Bug Squashing Day.

Have you ever been interested in wanting to help make Ubuntu Server better
but been stymied by not being sure where to start?

I am proposing a once-a-month IRC (FreeNode/#ubuntu-server) event that
hopefully will help encourage contributions to Ubuntu for
server-related bugs and demystify the Ubuntu package development
process. Our tentative first Ubuntu Server Bug Squashing Day will be
March 22, 2017. I will send a reminder the preceding Monday in confirmation.

Ideally, if you are interested in contributing, you would take a look
at the following two queries on bugs to which ~ubuntu-server is
subscribed (some overlap, probably):

bitesize (implying small changes are needed):

server-next (implying these are the next set of bugs to look at for
the Server Team):

When I ran these queries, they had 24 and 20 bugs respectively, which
is pretty manageable.

The overall ubuntu-server backlog, though, is up to 405!:

And since there is now a daily rotation of Server Team members doing
triage, that number is only going to go up. It does not feel possible
for just Server Team members to get us even to a steady-state

And that's where Server Bug Squashing Day comes in!

I do not expect it to be very rigidly structured, and we will learn
what works as we go, but bring a bug you'd like to help resolve
(again, ideally from the list above, as it will mean someone from the
Server Team has already looked at it) and we'll talk about how to
generate the debdiff, how to build a package, how to test it and any
other development-related issues that might come up.

Once you've been mentored in fixing one or two bugs, I think it is
certainly possible you will be able to go and look at packages you are
interested in and do some real good! And of course, the Server Team
will be a resource on Bug Squashing Day and otherwise to help!

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