Too Many Bugs

Gervase Markham gerv at
Sun Jan 18 16:10:51 UTC 2004

Jeroen Ruigrok/asmodai wrote:
> Put our code where our mouth is.
> One problem I see with most bugs is that there's too much debate and not
> enough implementation.  Some discussions are from 2001 or 2002 and
> still going on!  

Just because a bug is filed doesn't necessarily mean that a patch will 
result - for example, it could be an RFE for what, after discussion, 
turns out to be a bad idea. But I agree that two-year discussions aren't 
very productive.

What we actually need is strong ownership of components - so the module 
owner will decide "no, we're definitely not going to do this", and close 
the bug as WONTFIX, or decide "yes, we would like to do this", and say 
so on the bug - at which point anyone who wishes can start coding.

I suggest, though, that before everyone goes off in a triaging frenzy, 
we wait until the upcoming releases are out the door, b.m.o. is 
upgraded, the regressions are crushed, b.m.o. does its CVS update, and 
is back on an even keel again. I expect that to take a couple of weeks.


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