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Re: [Gnash-dev] head in really bad shape

From: strk
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] head in really bad shape
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 09:36:06 +0100

I had to think a bit about this before answering; now I feel
I've got it. My problem is basically the fact that given the
high hacking rate on the code any release will immediately 
be outdated, so lots of bug reports might be already fixed
in head or code might be completely changed there.

I envision a situation in which on each bug report we'd respond
with "did you try with the head branch" ?

Maybe people will actually try with head then, so it would be
a good thing anyway, or we might try with head ourself, so
not a big deal.

You're right, bug reports are very important, and I'm grateful
with anyone taking the time to produce them.
Just hope this 072 packaging doesn't take too much time so
we can concentrate on a single branch for further refactoring...


On Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 02:50:02PM +0000, Martin Guy wrote:
> >bugs magnet, what I really think is that we could leave w/out
> >that magnet as we're already full of bug items...
> Bug *report* magnet. Bug reports do not create bugs, they help eliminate 
> them.
> You want it to be bug-free? I want it to be bug-free. But if bug
> reports annoy, then developer reponses tend to be short and
> bad-tempered, and people are discouraged from *reporting* bugs.
> I have seen several Gnash bugs in CVS that I haven't reported: gross,
> ugly, highly-visible, large-scale misrendering of things, in some or
> all versions. But until I take bug-fixing work on board (can't at
> present, already overloaded) I keep quiet about them - for exactly
> this reason.
> I guess it stems from a bad experience with a certain developer who
> asked me to test his "free software" product. I did systematically
> over a period months on a wide range of hardware, found and reported a
> hundred bugs before I stopped, and he hated me for it... because his
> desire was to have an empty bug list so as to look good in his free
> software career, not a bug free product.
>  You have to make a mature person's choice about this: about what you
> really want.
>   M
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